What is cholangitis?
Cholangitis is the medical term for inflammation of the bile ducts. The most common cause is a bacterial infection which arises as a result of pathology within the bile ducts, usually a bile duct blockage. The bile ducts carry bile from the liver and gallbladder into the duodenum. It is also joined by the pancreatic duct which transports the pancreatic enzymes, water and bicarbonate into the duodenal lumen. This is explained further under Bile Duct Anatomy.