Survival prospects poor for patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis

A multicentre cohort study offers insight into clinical outcomes depending on age at diagnosis, the researchers say

Patients diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis have dimmer prospects for survival than the general population, particularly if diagnosed after the age of 60, according to the largest Australian study to date.

Analysis of a cohort of 413 patients from nine tertiary liver centres found 30% required liver transplant or died at a median time from diagnosis of 13 years.