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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


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What is mild intra and extrahepatic biliary ductal dilatation?

Widened biliary duct: This term comes from the radiologist and GI doctors who look for a dilated biliary duct as evidence of obstruction or blockage of the biliary duct. The intra- and extra- descriptors just refer to where along the rout of the duct they notice the dilation. ...Read more

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Abdominal ultrasound demonstrated mild intra and extra hepatic biliary dilatation. CBD: 1cm. MRCP demonstrated no ductal dil but pancr enlargement?

 Abdominal ultrasound demonstrated mild intra and extra hepatic biliary dilatation.  CBD: 1cm.  MRCP demonstrated no ductal dil but pancr enlargement?

Pancreatitis: Mild ductal dilatation with a 1 cm. CD is mild. That there is pancreatic enlargement suggest probable inflammation. This would impinge on the CD as it passes to ampulla of duodenum. Farthest site ie mild duct enlargement fits picture. To R.O tumor a transduodenal ultrasound of pancreatic head would show a hidden lesion. Otherwise if needed, a PET/CAT could help. ...Read more

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I have Gilbert's Syndrome & mild biliary duct dilatation. Milk Thistle aids sleep, but has upset my stomach. Apart from that, any contraindications?

I have Gilbert's Syndrome & mild biliary duct dilatation. Milk Thistle aids sleep, but has upset my stomach. Apart from that, any contraindications?

Milk Thistle: Hi, Milk Thistle doesn't have a lot of side effects, major side effects include Diarrhea, bloating, nausea. There is not a conclusive study that shows ant benefit for liver disease but it could help with Diabetes. ...Read more

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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

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What is stage 4 biliary tree cancer?

It is widespread.: Staging across cancers can be complex, but stage IV usually means it has spread. This website is a nice place to learn about cholangiocarcinoma (another term for biliary tree cancer): http://www.Macmillan.Org.Uk/cancerinformation/cancertypes/bileduct/bileductcancer.Aspx. ...Read more

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