AASLD 2023 Practice Guidance for Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis and Cholangiocarcinoma

CL Bowlus et al. Hepatology 2023; 77: 659-702. Open Access! AASLD practice guidance on primary sclerosing cholangitis and cholangiocarcinoma

This is a lengthy article with a great deal of useful information. Here are some of the important recommendations most relevant for pediatric gastroenterologists/hepatologists:

  • In patients with PSC without known inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), diagnostic colonoscopy with histological sampling should be performed and may be repeated every 5 years if IBD is not initially detected
  • In patients with PSC in whom IBD is diagnosed, high‐definition surveillance colonoscopy with biopsies should start at age 15 years and be repeated at 1‐year to 2‐year intervals to evaluate for colonic dysplasia
  • New clinical risk tools for PSC are available for risk stratification, but probabilities of events in individual patients should be interpreted with caution
  • All patients with PSC should be considered for participation in clinical trials; however, ursodeoxycholic acid (13–23 mg/kg/day) can be considered and continued if well tolerated with a meaningful improvement in alkaline phosphatase (γ‐glutamyl transferase in children) and/or symptoms with 12 months of treatment
  • Upper endoscopy to screen for varices should be performed if the LS is >20 kPa by TE or the platelet count is ≤150,000/mm3
  • Bone density examinations should be performed to exclude osteopenia or osteoporosis at diagnosis and at 2‐year to 3‐year intervals thereafter based on risk factors

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