Revised 12 June 2013
Patients presenting with jaundice and cholangitis should receive antibiotics and undergo biliary decompression, usually by ERCP.
Patients with jaundice only who are potentially operative candidates do not require stenting unless operative intervention will be delayed by > 1-2 weeks.
CA 19-9 should be repeated after stenting.
Patients without jaundice do not require stenting.