Cholangiocarcinoma (staging)

Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 19 Oct 2021

Cholangiocarcinoma staging is most commonly classified using the TNM staging systems of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC)/Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), which starting 1 January 2018 is according to its 8th edition. There are separate systems depending on whether the cholangiocarcinoma arises primarily from intrahepatic, perihilar/hilar (Klatskin), or extrahepatic (distal) bile ducts 1. These are detailed separately:

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The staging system should be distinguished from anatomic classifications of cholangiocarcinoma:

  • Liver Cancer Study Group of Japan classification of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma macroscopic types: mass-forming, periductal-infiltrating, and intraductal growth 2
  • Bismuth-Corlette classification of perihilar cholangiocarcinoma

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