Primary sclerosing cholangitis care at Mayo Clinic
Your Mayo Clinic care team. Effective treatment of primary sclerosing cholangitis requires coordinated care by several specialties. Specialists in gastroenterology and hepatology, pathologists, oncologists, pediatric specialists, endoscopy specialists and surgeons work as a team to provide comprehensive care for adults and children with primary sclerosing cholangitis.
If a transplant is necessary, these specialists also work with transplant surgeons and other experts to provide a seamless patient experience in the Mayo Clinic Transplant Center. The Hepatobiliary Clinic coordinates medical care with research.
- Experience. Mayo Clinic is a leading treatment center for people with primary sclerosing cholangitis. Each year since 2010, Mayo Clinic specialists have cared for more than 1,600 patients with cholangitis, many of whom had primary sclerosing cholangitis or associated complications.
- Pediatric expertise. Specialists in the Pediatric Liver Clinic at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota are experienced in accurately diagnosing children who have liver diseases.
- An efficient system. A detailed itinerary for appointments, tests and procedures lets you make the most of your time at the clinic. Mayo staff runs all tests and labs at Mayo Clinic, which means tests taken in the morning can be reviewed the same afternoon. This collaborative approach means doctors can often evaluate you and develop a treatment plan within two or three days.
- Individualized care. Your Mayo Clinic team will tailor a treatment plan to fit your or your child's needs. Your Mayo Clinic treatment team will educate you and your family about primary sclerosing cholangitis. Your doctors will also work closely with your primary doctor in providing your follow-up care.
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Expertise and rankings
- Nationally recognized expertise. Liver specialists at Mayo Clinic have developed several mathematical models that assess the severity of certain liver diseases. These models help doctors determine where a person ranks on the priority list for a transplant.
- Pioneers in research. Many Mayo Clinic doctors are involved in clinical trials of new medications for primary sclerosing cholangitis. Researchers at Mayo Clinic are also studying the DNA of people with primary sclerosing cholangitis in hopes of identifying genes that increase the risk of the disease and predict its course.
- Liver transplant. Mayo Clinic transplant specialists have performed many transplants in people who have primary sclerosing cholangitis. People with primary sclerosing cholangitis who have liver transplants generally have high survival rates — 80 to 85 percent after five years on average. Recipients of liver transplants at Mayo Clinic have above-average survival rates.
Mayo Clinic is also one of the few medical centers in the country to offer liver transplants as a treatment option for bile duct cancer, which develops at much higher rates among people with primary sclerosing cholangitis than in the general population.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., is ranked among the Best Hospitals and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked highly performing for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for digestive disorders.
Learn more about the Liver Transplant Program's expertise and rankings.
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