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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


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Can gallbladder stone causes jaundice?

Can gallbladder stone causes jaundice?

Gallstones: Yes. Blocking the bile duct , the stones cause a backup of bile coming out of the liver into the gallbladder. Excessive bile leaks into the blood stream and tissues, causing the yellow hue of jaundice. There are several ways it can happen. Stones are one way. ...Read more

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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

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What is 'pancreas biliary system'?

What is 'pancreas biliary system'?

Pancrease (pancrelipase) and biliar: The biliary system is a collection of tubes that end in gall bladder. The panreatic duct arises in pancreazse and joins common bile duct. This tube empties into small intestine just past end of stomach. ...Read more

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Does gallbladder stone causes urine infections..?

Does gallbladder stone causes urine infections..?

No: Obstructing gall stones can cause brownish urine due to excess bile but not an infection in the urine. ...Read more

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Which one increase risk of gallbladder cancer: acalculus cholecystitis(no stone) or fistula in gallbladder and intestine? ?

Which one increase risk of gallbladder cancer: acalculus cholecystitis(no stone) or fistula in gallbladder and intestine? ?

Both conditions: By themselves probably do not increase chance of gallbladder cancer. If it does, it is still very very low. Even if you have gallstones, chances of developing gallbladder cancer is very low. Unfortunately, once you develop gallbladder cancer, chances of survival are quite low. ...Read more

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Is biliary duct cancer a form of primary liver cancer?

No: Primary liver cancer is when the liver cells themselves, the hepatocytes, transform into cancer cells. Bile duct cancer is when the cells lining the bile duct transform into cancer. Primary liver cancer tends to grow large nodules in one place, and doesn't give a lot of symptoms until the tumors are large. Bile duct cancer tends to obstruct the bile ducts and create symptoms, such as jaundice. ...Read more

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Can parasitic infection cause gallbladder disease?

Can parasitic infection cause gallbladder disease?

Yes, rarely: There are a few types of parasitic worms that are capable of getting into the liver and bile ducts. This happens almost exclusively outside of the United States. ...Read more

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What distinguishes pancreas, liver, colon, kidney, prostate and gallbladder cancers?

What distinguishes pancreas, liver, colon, kidney, prostate and gallbladder cancers?

Cure varies: Beyond the obvious differences in organ and cell type as well as the various treatment approaches, the most important patient difference is really the chance at cure. Early stage prostate and renal cell (kidney) cancers can be very curable. Even really early stage pancreatic cancers can be quite deadly. ...Read more

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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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What leads to obstructive jaundice(distal cbd obstruction) secondary to choledocholithias with cholangitis?

What leads to obstructive jaundice(distal cbd obstruction) secondary to choledocholithias with cholangitis?

Usually a gallstone: Usually a gallstone causing obstruction of the common bile duct can cause sudden painful jaundice, sometimes with associated cholangitis (infection of the bile) This requires drainage and extraction of the stone from the common bile duct with a procedure call ERCP. Other causes can be tumors causing obstruction, which is more often painless and gradual. ...Read more

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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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Can pancreatic/biliary duct, stomach, colon cancer or leukemia skip a generation?

Can pancreatic/biliary duct, stomach, colon cancer or leukemia skip a generation?

Variable: Family incidence doesn't mean you will have the disease only that you MAY get it and should be more vigilant. For example colon cancer. Start colonoscopy at age 30 rather than 50, etc.. ...Read more

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Can biliary hyperkinesia damage gallbladder, pancreas, liver, or biliary tree? My ultrasound was normal, but ejection fraction=91%.

Yes, biliary: Dyskinesia can cause damage, and it can also be a result of pathology in pancreas, liver or biliary tree. Byt 91% ejection is normal. Consult with a surgeon or GI specialist for specific recommendation. ...Read more

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Can viral infection cause gallbladder disease?

Can viral infection cause gallbladder disease?

Sometimes : Or it may manifest after a viral illness. Takes gallstones about a year to develop. ...Read more

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What's parenchymatous liver disease?

What's parenchymatous liver disease?

Liver Disease: The cells of the liver are called the parenchymal cells and make up the bulk of the liver. Therefore, this means that you have disease of the liver cells. Other cells in the liver include the bile duct cells (cholangiocytes), white blood cells (Kupffer cells), and storage cells (stellate cells). ...Read more

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What differentiates primary biliary cirrhosis from other types of cirrhosis?

What differentiates primary biliary cirrhosis from other types of cirrhosis?

Location of inflam: Agree with dr. Edmisson. Pbc is autoimmune disease affecting bile ducts; can eventually lead to progressive liver disease and cirrhosis (scarring). Othe types of cirrhosis usually involve inflammation of the liver cells, due to infection (like hep b, c), toxic chemicals, metabolic disease e.g.Nonalcoholic fatty liver (seen in obesity, diabetes) iron overload, damage from alcohol, autoimmune. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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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)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more