Cholestatic liver disease with ductopenia (vanishing bile duct syndrome) in Hodgkin's disease: Report of a case

Guliter S., ERDEM O. A. , Isik M., Yamac K., Uluogiu O.

TUMORI, vol.90, no.5, pp.517-520, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 90 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/030089160409000516
  • Title of Journal : TUMORI
  • Page Numbers: pp.517-520


Liver involvement is common in advanced stages of Hodgkin's disease. However, only a small percentage of patients with Hodgkin's disease develops jaundice due to several causes. Vanishing bile duct syndrome secondary to Hodgkin's disease is a rare cause of cholestasis in these patients. Only 20 cases, to our knowledge, have been reported so far in adults. We report a case of Hodgkin's disease presenting with obstructive jaundice without detectable liver involvement. Liver biopsies revealed intrahepatic cholestasis and ductopenia. Although the patient was given chemotherapy, he died of sepsis and disseminated intravascular coagulation after 24 weeks of admission to hospital.