Category: Illness or disabilities
Introduction and description
Cholestasis is a condition where bile cannot flow from the liver to the duodenum.
The two basic distinctions are an obstructive type of cholestasis where there is a mechanical blockage in the duct system that can occur from a gallstone or malignancy, and metabolic types of cholestasis which are disturbances in bile formation.
Drugs such as gold salts, nitrofurantoin, anabolic steroids, chlorpromazine, prochlorperazine, sulindac, cimetidine, erythromycin, estrogen, and statins can cause cholestasis and may result in damage to the liver.
For more details, please follow the link to the section on Gall bladder disease.