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What does bile look like when you cough it up?

What does bile look like when you cough it up?

Possibility....: Bile should not be located in your respiratory tract so you should not be coughing up bile. Bile is green but if you are coughing up green secretions, it is usually a sign of infection from acute bronchitis, pneumonia, sinus infection with post-nasal drip, etc. See your doctor so your problem can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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What causes bile to be very watery and clumpy?

What causes bile to be very watery and clumpy?

Bile: Bile is a substance that is produced by the liver. It is made up of bilirubin. It is stored in you gallbladder and helps you digest fatty food. In normal people, it is a liquid substance, but in those who have tendency to develop gallstone, it may be sandy or "clumpy." here is more on this condition: http://www.Laendo.Net/english/gallstone-disease. ...Read more

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What is bile salt disease? And can it ever go away if properly treated?

What is bile salt disease? And can it ever go away if properly treated?

Yes, if treated.: Bile is secreted from the liver and stored in the gallbladder. After a meal the gallbladder contracts and the bile enters the small intestine where it emulsifies fat ands aids fat digestion. The bile is reabsorbed in the terminal ileum. Surgical removal of the terminal ileum causes bile to enter the colon causing diarrhea. It can also lead to bile acid deficiency and fat malabsorption>steatorrhea ...Read more

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What are bile salts (cholestyramine)?

What are bile salts (cholestyramine)?

Bile binders: These salts bind bile and take it out of your system. They can be helpful in some situations. Cholestyramine also lowers cholesterol indirectly. ...Read more

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What is bile gastritis & how is it treated? I had my gallbladder removed years ago.

Bile irritation : Since u don't have gallbladder, there is bile flowing through ur system all the time. Some will back up into stomach and cause irritation. Treatment is medication (carafate, cholestyramine, welchol, Reglan (metoclopramide) etc). ...Read more

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What causes bile duct dialation an can this cause upper back neck spasm also or 2 diffrent ?

What causes bile duct dialation an can this cause upper back neck  spasm also or 2 diffrent ?

Gallstones: Most common cause of bile duct dilation in your age group is gallstones. Yes, upper back pain, right sided pain, pain after eating are symptoms. Okay to get evaluated, ask to see a general surgeon. Take a friend with you to appointment. You may benefit from ERCP and then gallbladder removal. Be well. ...Read more

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What is bile and why do I get it in my throat when I lay down?

Dig. aid, u shouldn': Bile is a digrestive detergent that emulsifies fats; is made in liver, stored in gallbladder, travels down ducts, put into small bowel in duodenum, just past the stomach-in the duodenum. It should head south, i.e. Down intestine. Can reflux up into stomach; uncommonly can also reflux up into lower esophagus; even less common into throat. More likely acid/stomach reflux. Chronic?- see doc. ...Read more

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What causes green bile?

What causes green bile?

Chemical properties: Biliverdin is a green tetrapyrrolic bile pigment, and is a product of heme/redcell breadown. Biliverdin is further broken down to bilirubin for easier excretion to the outside world (also into urobilinogen in urine-as mild yellow). This compound absorbs green light, thus appears green to your eyes! (put in dard room=brown/black). I think u maybe asking why u threw up green? Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What happens to bile stored by the gallbladder when the gallbladder has been proven to have an ejection fraction of 1%?

What happens to bile stored by the gallbladder when the gallbladder has been proven to have an ejection fraction of 1%?

Gallbladder: The gallbladder does store extra bile. Bile is usually squeezed from the gallbladder into the bile duct when one eats. An ejection fraction study is one estimate at one time showing how the gallbladder empties at that one time. Bile will still likely escape from the gallbladder when one eats, even with a very low ejection fraction. It just empties slower. ...Read more

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What are common bile duct stones? Are they serious?

What are common bile duct stones? Are they serious?

Yes: Common bile dict stones ate similar to gallstones but can be dangerous as they can cause blockage resulting in infections such as cholangitis and pancreatitis. ...Read more

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SEVERE pain w liver bx. Admitted.Dx multi organ serositis. CRP 284.Sed50,ddimer1680. Hi ferr,myoglobin. Lo rbc,plat,lymph. Lo prot, HG. Ascites,eff,fever,brn urine. What was trigger? Bile leak,bleed?

SEVERE pain w liver bx. Admitted.Dx multi organ serositis. CRP 284.Sed50,ddimer1680. Hi ferr,myoglobin. Lo rbc,plat,lymph. Lo prot, HG. Ascites,eff,fever,brn urine. What was trigger? Bile leak,bleed?

Abdominal pain: The first step is to treat the symptoms. The second step is to find the cause. Discuss with your primary medical doctor. He/she can answer many of your questions and provide a treatment plan. ...Read more

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What happens when liver bile ducts decrease in diameter?

What happens when liver bile ducts decrease in diameter?

None to pain, fever: When liver bile ducts decrease in diameter, this is called "stricture". It can be due to several reasons. There are also diseases which can cause decrease in diameter. This can cause your liver tests to become abnormal. Complications, such as infection can occur which can cause pain, fever, etc. Occasionally, very mild decrease in diameter can be normal variant, which may not give you symptom. ...Read more

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I have loose stool and what looks to be bile in the toilet, also some light pain in left side, should I be concerned? Pain on left side started wednesday and was not severe and has subsided a little!

Abdominal : Abdominal pain must always be taken seriously. If a patient has diarrhea, sometimes it can cause left-sided pain as that is where the colon is. Other causes of left-sided abdominal pain can be diverticulitis (from little loops on the bowel that get inflammed), or pain with the pancreas, though that is usually higher up in the abdomen. A patient should be evaluated if they have persistent abdominal pain, vomiting, or fever associated with their pain. ...Read more

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What causes your common bile duct to be dilated 12mm when you don't have a gallbladder.

Sphincter muscle : At the end of the duct, just at it's entry to the intestine. There is a circular muscle that closes off the duct when bile is not needed to digest foods. Since the liver never stops making bile, it will build up inside the bile ducts and stretch them out when a gallbladder has been removed. A stone could block the duct but will produce symptoms. The stretched open ducts happen without symptoms. ...Read more

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What could cause excessive bile production, resulting in gastritis/duodenitis? Egd revealed the former. Gastric empty study normal.

Stick with your doc: You are already well down the road to discovering your problem. Sounds like there might be some bile reflux. Controversial topic. Relationship between symptoms and bile reflux is not clear. It is not likely excess bile production that produces gastritis and it is not likely the sole cause of your symptoms. You need a good doc who can explain the details and meaning of your findings. ...Read more

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My 4 year old daughter has been vomiting and diarrhea for 3 days and can't hold down anything. Last night, she vomited what looks like green bile.

My 4 year old daughter has been vomiting and diarrhea for 3 days and can't hold down anything. Last night, she vomited what looks like green bile.

Concerning: Bile is always concerning and can be a sign of bowel blockage. While vomit and diarrhea can be from common infections, when bile is present it is much more concerning. How is she today? If no improvement you need to go to the Emergency Room right now. ...Read more

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Have bile reflux after cholecystectomy. GI prescribed denoltab. Is this med better than sucralfate and If does not work what's next to treat bile?

Different medication: Denoltab is a bismuth containing compound that is often used for gastric ulcers associated with H. pylori. It coats the stomach and helps protect the ulcer bed to allow it to heal. Sucralfate has a different mechanism of action and may be more effective for bile reflux symptoms it also binds bile salts. If true reflux of the esophagus and Meds don't work you may benefit from anti-reflux surgery. ...Read more

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What happens if recurrent bile duct cancer has spread to the bone it is difficult to treat?

Very difficult: Bile duct cancers behave in a similar fashion to pancreatic cancer. When localized to the common duct and resected, the patient has a chance, especially post RT with gemcitabine. When the tumor spreads to bone Im not sure that combo chemo with any of the available monoclonal can demonstrate any effect on survival. ...Read more

Bile (Definition)

Dark green to yellowish brown fluid, produced by the liver for digestion of fats ...Read more