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Doctor insights on: Blocked Bile Ducts Symptoms

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What are symptoms of a stone in bile duct?

What are symptoms of a stone in bile duct?

Varies: Some cause no symptoms. Others can be associated with right upper abdominal, flank, back or epigastric pain. Nausea and vomiting may occur especially if the stone blocks the bile duct and/or inflames the pancreas. You may notice yellowing of the eyes, darkened urine or light / clay colored stools. ...Read more

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If bile duct was blocked or it was cancerous wouldn't there be constant pain or could it come and go?

If bile duct was blocked or it was cancerous wouldn't there be constant pain or could it come and go?

Yes you are right: Bile duct block often causes pain and jaundice. A liver function test can help to check the function of the bile ducts. Sometimes we need to do a MRI (mrcp) to check the health of the bile ducts. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of bile duct cancer?

What are the signs and symptoms of bile duct cancer?

Jaundice: Bile duct cancer is uncommon but carries a poor prognosis. It will typically impede the flow of bile from the liver to the small intestine thus causing obstructive jaundice (yellowish discoloration of eyes and skin). Pain in the upper abdomen, weight loss and nausea may be noted. ...Read more

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Bilirubin rising in mcrc patient. Now 85 from 12. No blocked bile duct. If keeps rising does this kill?

Bilirubin rising in mcrc patient. Now 85 from 12. No blocked bile duct. If keeps rising does this kill?

High bilirubin..: ..in the blood causes jaundice. The yellowish discoloration of the skin, mucous membranes and whites of the eyes. The rise in bilirubin is not lethal; it can be very uncomfortable with severe itching. This can be treated. But you are correct; this is typically something that occurs late in the course of metastatic liver cancer. Death likely results through a combination of many factors. Take care. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of common bile duct inflammation & can this occur several years after having a cholecystectomy?

Pain, fever,: And jaundice are typical, less likely pancreatitis and cholangitis, both serious conditions. And yes, it can be a stone that was present at the time of your cholecystectomy that was not found or overlooked or a stone that formed subsequently. If this is suspected, it can be confirmed by mr cholangiography; or ercp, an endocsopic x-ray and procedure during which a stone, if found, can be removed. ...Read more

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Had my gallbladder removed in 2008. Had a bile duct stone removed 2009.Still having the same symptoms of gallbladder/stone pain. Tests so nothing. Sos!?

You could: Still have common bile duct stones, or other obstructions of your biliary system. You need blood tests and possible sonogram, ct scan with contrast, and possibly an ercp. ...Read more

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Hi doctor I was wondering how long does it take for a person to become jaundice after the bile ducts are blocked?

Hi doctor I was wondering how long does it take for a person to become jaundice after the bile ducts are blocked?

Bile ducts: It depends on the reason for the blockage. If a bile duct becomes completely occluded abruptly, jaundice will occur within 1 to 2 days, but the length of time would vary greatly if the process slowly occludes the bile duct. Good luck. ...Read more

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If bile duct was blocked or cancerous wouldn't there be constant pain? I have bad pain up under rt rib that gets better with IV ant but returns. No gb

Not always: There are many potential causes. Cholangitis is only one possibility. In regards to bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma), most present with painless jaundice. ...Read more

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Metastic liver cancer pt- bilirubin keeps rising but no blocked bile duct. What will happen?

Metastic liver cancer pt- bilirubin keeps rising but no blocked bile duct. What will happen?

Be strong, KanabarT: Again, please forgive my frankness. You have written perhaps a dozen times describing a variety of events that are typical of the last stages of metastatic colorectal cancer. There is no predicting the time of death, which may be weeks away, but with rising kidney function tests, thrombocytopenia, and dehydration, perhaps it is time to have a frank talk with the physician about comfort measures. ...Read more

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Hi I have transaminitis from a gallstone that was blocked in common bile duct for a year, test, meds, life expectancy? It's progressed to my brain

Hi I have transaminitis from a gallstone that was blocked in common bile duct for a year, test, meds, life expectancy? It's progressed to my brain

Misinterpretaton: "Transaminitis" refers to elevation of the enzymes ALT and AST that results from inflammation of the liver. Blockage of the common bile duct from any cause can elevate AST & ALT. If there's no permanent liver injury after removal of the stone, ALT & AST will gradually return to normal. SEVERE liver failure can cause toxicity to the brain but it's not from" transaminitis". Talk to your doctor! ...Read more

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What does moderately fluid distended gallbladder mean? Noted on abdominal MRI, common bile duct diameter at 6mm. & I have alot of abdominal symptoms.

As an isolated: Finding it is of uncertain significance, it may mean nothing. It has to be interpreted in the context of your entire clinical picture, i.e. does your doctor suspect gallbladder dysfunction or biliary problem. Likewise, a 6mm common bile duct is borderline abnormal. If you have no signs, symptoms, or lab values suggesting biliary obstruction, it may be normal for you. ...Read more

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If bile ducts are blocked shouldn't change in stool color be first notice than jaundice because my gi doc say that they happen the same time?

If bile ducts are blocked shouldn't change in stool color be first notice than jaundice because my gi doc say that they happen the same time?

Obstructed bile duct: If your bile ducts are completely obstructed, jaundice and stool color changes will occur simultaneously. In fact, it is possible to notice the jaundice first if it is a while before a bowel movement is actually passed. Regardless, there should not be much difference in time between the two occurrences. This is a medical emergency if it happens. Good luck. ...Read more

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Friend with terminal pancan has hospice but no chemo. Bile duct blocked, has drainage tube. Running fevers at night and is very weak. Time left?

Friend with terminal pancan has hospice but no chemo. Bile duct blocked, has drainage tube. Running fevers at night and is very weak. Time left?

Complicated question: Hospice intimates a max of 6 months, but we are poor at predicting exactly when. Too many factors involved. ...Read more

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Would an abdominal CT scan show a gallstone or blocked bile duct?

Would an abdominal CT scan show a gallstone or blocked bile duct?

Possibly: The best gallbladder test is an ultrasound of the abdomen, and if there is concern for a blockage, a HIDA scan (pronounced hide-a) may be ordered. This HIDA scan will also show if the gallbladder is functioning normally. If there is abnormal function one can have symptoms even if no gallstones are present. CT can miss most of this, so its not ordered as a first test if gallbladder a concern. ...Read more

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Hi doctors I was just wondering if the kidneys had connection bile ducts?

Hi doctors I was just wondering if the kidneys had connection bile ducts?

No: The bile ducts are in the liver, with the main bile duct coming out of the liver and ending at the small intestine. The kidneys are not related to the bile ducts. Kidneys are not connected to the liver, gallbladder, nor intestines. ...Read more

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What might happens if stents in the bile duct fail?

What might happens if stents in the bile duct fail?

Jaundice: When the bile duct narrows, bile (digestive juices)backs up into the bloodstream and you can become jaundiced (yellow)or develop an infection due to the blockage. ...Read more

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What are the survival rates for bile duct cancer?

Not very good: Bile duct cancers are difficult cancers to control unless caught early when they are still localized to one area. Often they are advanced and metastatic at the time of diagnosis, then they are difficult to get rid of. Yet it all depends on the location and the stage of cancer. ...Read more

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What can cause a enlarged bile duct?

Blockage: This is usually due to a blockage downstream from the duct like a stone. You should have your blood levels checked and an ultrasound done to rule out stones which can cause other problems in the future. ...Read more

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Will a collapsed bile duct always remain collapsed?

Will a collapsed bile duct always remain collapsed?

No: With adequate bile flow, a collapsed bile duct will open up sufficiently. ...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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Please tell me, are bile ducts considered a part of the liver?

Yes: There are numerous bile ducts throughout the liver. There are also bile ducts outside of the liver. The liver produces the bile. The bile ducts drain the bile to the gallbladder and the intestine. ...Read more

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After eco rays show that the share of the bile duct what to do?

Not sure: You question is a bit confusing. If you rephrase, me or one of my colleagues would be happy to provide an answer. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if stents in the bile duct continue to fail?

Could you tell me what happens if stents in the bile duct continue to fail?

Depends: On cause of stenosis. Benign versus malignant lesion. If plastic stents fail, sometimes a metallic stent with or without fabric covering could be placed. Some will require surgical bypass or repair. Your gastroenterologist and surgeon and interventional radiologist will need to come up with a treatment plan. ...Read more

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I was told I have a mild borderline bile duct prominence what does that mean?

Probably nothing: A dilated bile duct can indicate passage of stones or pancreatic disease or cancer but a mildly prominent duct may be normal. You should have your study reviewed by a gastroenterologist to determine its significance. ...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

Duct (Definition)

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Bile (Definition)

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