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Dr. Charles Cattano Dr. Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
35 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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What is the definition or description of: Biliary tract diseases?

What is the definition or description of: Biliary tract diseases?

Biliary tract issues: Any condition (inflammatory, stone/obstructive, autoimmune, infectious, cancer, functional, etc.) that involves the gallbladder and bile ducts (intra- and extrahepatic), as well as the papilla and sphincter of Oddi. ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Berg
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Biliary Tract Diseases (Definition)

Any condition (inflammatory, stone/obstructive, autoimmune, infectious, cancer, functional, etc.) that involves the gallbladder and bile ducts (intra- and extrahepatic), as well as the papilla ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Surgery
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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What foods do you recommend for biliary tract disease?

What foods do you recommend for biliary tract disease?

Low-Fat: The most common biliary tract problem is gallbladder disease. Fatty foods tend to precipitate gallbladder attacks because fat in the stomach releases a hormone, cholecystokinin, that stimulates gallbladder contraction. Of course, not everybody "follows the book": some people will get attacks after eating any food or even when fasting. This problem is easily solved by surgery, though. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Surgery
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Can you die from biliary tract disease?

Can you die from biliary tract disease?

Yes: Biliary tract disease encompasses a broad spectrum of problems, including gallbladder disease, bile duct obstructions, and cancer. While many of these diseases are low-risk, they can be serious. For example, cholangitis is an infection in the biliary tract usually secondary to acute blockage of the bile ducts. This can cause life-threatening infections, especially if one if frail. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Hoepfner Dr. Hoepfner
Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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Describe the features of a biliary tract disease.?

Describe the features of a biliary tract disease.?

Depends: There are many types of biliary tract diseases. Some are from birth defects, some are from gallstones, some are from biliary blockage such as rarely cancers or cysts. Pain or bloating pressure in the upper abdomen, frequent nausea, and abnormal blood tests can be a symptom. Yellow jaundice can sometimes occur. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner Dr. Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
40 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my biliary tract disease stomach ache until I can see a doctor?

Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my biliary tract disease stomach ache until I can see a doctor?

Perhaps: If there is no evidence of infection (no fever, chills, sweats and you're improving), you can try a clear liquid diet and then slowly advance to a low fat solid diet. Simple analgesics like Aleve (naproxen) or advil can help. But biliary tract infection can be lethal. You're playing with fire if you're not under close supervision. If recurrent or complicated, surgery is indicated - safer early than late. ...Read more

Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia Dr. Manzarbeitia
Surgery
35 years in practice
Universidad Mariano Galvez De Guatemala
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Are there long-term effects of bile duct diseases?

Are there long-term effects of bile duct diseases?

Yes: And they can range from the simple (stones, changes in bowel habits) to the serious (cancer of bile ducts or liver). Luckily most are self limited and don't have long term influence in survival. ...Read more

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Dr. ASHRAF MALEK Dr. MALEK
Internal Medicine
years in practice
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Describe the features of a bile duct disease.?

Describe the features of a bile duct disease.?

Varies: Feature of bile duct disease can vary from no symptom to abdominal pain, jaundice, itching, fatigue, recurrent infection. In late stage it can cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Buck Parker Dr. Parker
Surgery
13 years in practice
St Matthew's University
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Gall bladder removed 7 years ago coz of gallstones. Can I still have bile duct disease? GGT 124. Other liver enzymes all normal.

Gall bladder removed 7 years ago coz of gallstones. Can I still have bile duct disease? GGT 124. Other liver enzymes all normal.

Possible, Unlikely: Some patient develop stones in the bile duct without a gallbladder. This is a pretty rare thing to happen, but it is possible. If all other liver enzymes are normal it's pretty unlikely this is what is going on. The bilirubin should be elevated. ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Berg Dr. Berg
Surgery
28 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Dr. Gerald Mandell Dr. Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
48 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Hida scan shows clogged bile duct, but doctor says it's not biliary atresia, what could i have?

Hida scan shows clogged bile duct, but doctor says it's not biliary atresia, what could i have?

Several things: Biliary atresia is a congenital abnormality of formation of biliary ductal system seen in neonates and not adults. Common bile duct can be obstructed by biliary stone. Sometimes partial obstructions of duct can be related to stenosis caused by inflammation or dyskinesia of sphincter of oddi, where duct enters duodenum. Congenital problems such as choledochal cyst affects common bile duct in adults. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller Dr. Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
39 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Hida scan showed clogged bile duct, but my physician says she doesn't think it is biliary atresia. What does this mean?

Other cause of block: Hida scan is a nuclear medicine test to check on the flow of bile from liver, into gallbladder, and bile ducts. Safe test. Results can be: normal; no visualization of dye in the gallbladder (may mean blockage by stone, inflammation-cholecystitis, less likely tumor); slow movementvisualization-may reflect liver trouble, blockage, inflammation of bile ducts; seen elsewhere than bil sys/gi-leakage. ...Read more

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Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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...2cm shadowing stone in the fundus. No pericholecystic fluid seen. No biliary ductal dilation seen, the common bile duct measures 5 mm. Meaning?

...2cm shadowing stone in the fundus.  No pericholecystic fluid seen.  No biliary ductal dilation seen, the common bile duct measures 5 mm.  Meaning?

Gallstone: It seems like you have a gallstone sitting in there, not really doing anything. It’s not causing an infection. It’s not blocking the passage of bile. But it could. If it decides to move, that 20mm stone won’t pass out through that 5mm common bile duct. You may want to at least have a general surgeon aware of this. ...Read more

Dr. Carlo Contreras Dr. Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
14 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Terminal pan can. No more treatments/ chemo. Sent home with a home care nurse. Biliary drainage tube from tumor blocking bile duct. Life expectancy?

Terminal pan can. No more treatments/ chemo. Sent home with a home care nurse. Biliary drainage tube from tumor blocking bile duct. Life expectancy?

Limited: Make sure that your oncology team has lots of experience with treating pancreatic adenocarcinoma, and that they have access to clinical trials. Across the board, the life expectancy for terminal pancreatic cancer is limited, in the months range. But for appropriate candidates, there are clinical trials that might be worth considering. Best wishes, and try to keep your chin up! ...Read more

Dr. Larry Eastburn Dr. Eastburn
Family Medicine
20 years in practice
Saba University School of Medicine (coursework from 1/1/02 to present)
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CT Scan: "Liver is normal in morphology. Mild intrahepatic biliary duct dilatation. Normal common bile duct". Is this normal?

CT Scan: "Liver is normal in morphology. Mild intrahepatic biliary duct dilatation. Normal common bile duct". Is this normal?

Relatively normal: If the radiology report states normal morphology it is fairly certain there are no big worries. We do not know why the scan was ordered but mild intrahepatic biliary duct dilatation may be completely normal for this patient. The normal common bile duct finding means the liver, pancreas and gallbladder empty in to a normal duct that drains into the intestine. All good findings. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Hi doctor I wanna ask are bile ducts or biliary tree connected to kidneys or just small intestine ?

Biliary tree.: The biliary tree connects the liver, gallbladder and pancreas to the small intestines. It has no connection to the kidneys. ...Read more

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Dr. Lee Pederson Dr. Pederson
Surgery
23 years in practice
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
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Is it possible to have two types of primary cancer? Biliary tract and thyroid?

Yes but rare: Bile duct cancers are very rare-esp in this age group. Even thyroid cancer is rare in this young group , but does occur. If you have a thyroid nodule greater than a centimeter, usually we do a needle biopsy. Gallbladder problems at this age are more likely related to gallstones. ...Read more

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Dr. Aasim Sehbai Dr. Sehbai
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
20 years in practice
University of the Punjab, Rawalpindi Medical College
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What are the prognosis of 46 year old person having biliary tract cancer of advanced stage.?

Biliary cancer: Cancer of bile duct, gall bladder, cholangiocarcinoma if stage 4 is not good. Most patients on an average with chemotherapy will survive 9-12 months. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Sparacino Dr. Sparacino
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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For a stage 4 biliary tract cancer, are there benefits to being treated at a university hospital vs hmo?

For a stage 4 biliary tract cancer, are there benefits to being treated at a university hospital vs hmo?

Talk to your team: You should discuss this with your healthcare team. Given your status of stage 4, you may be interested in clinical trials, which should be more available in an academic setting. ...Read more

Dr. Velma Scantlebury Dr. Scantlebury
Surgery - Transplant
36 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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I frequently sick up yellow bile any time of day. Can this be a biliary problem? Any tests recommended to rule out disease. Having a partial wrap soon

Likely due to reflux: Your symptoms are consistent with gastric reflux, where stomach contents ( bile) is regurgitated up into your mouth. Since you are scheduled for a partial wrap which help prevent reflux of bile into your throat, it is possible you will have a full workup to exclude other issues before surgery. Talk to your doctor about your testing to be done. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Biliary (Definition)

Biliary means anything related to the production, storage, secretion, or flow of bile, whether in the liver, bile ducts, gallbladder, ...Read more


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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