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Extrahepatic Biliary Tract
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ultrasound found mild extrahepatic biliary dilatation increased by 1 mm from last year; significance uncertain, increasing fatty infiltration of the liver, pancreas normal, doctor ordered endoscopy Your thoughts?
Biliary dilatation: Depends on what else is going on. Need more details to be better able to help. ...Read more
Does biliary tract/tree cancer (stage4) generally respond to chemo? Is the pain & suffering from treatment worth it? How much time can we really gain?
BAD: It it is one of the worest malignancies, especially in advanced stage. ...Read more
What to do if I have borderline extrahepatic common bile duct and have had trouble finding any information on the topic.?
Ductal dilatation: I would be happy to answer your questions about bile duct dilatation. If you have the test results that show the dilatation, and if you have any recent blood test, particularly liver tests, this would be useful. You can consult me on HealthTap Concierge and I will be happy to work with you. Good luck. ...Read more
My liver is normal in size, but with increased parenchymal echogenicity. Intra and extrahepatic duct are not dilated. Common duct measures 1mm.
Don't: Do too much dx or md visits unless u have ant sx ...Read more
There is fusiform aneurysmal dilation of 2 cm segment of extrahepatic proper hepatic artery, measuring 7 mm in maximal diameter. Plain English please?
Keep your next appt: Due to weakness in the wall of that particular artery, the wall balloons out (aneurysm) & it's diameter is 7mm. The main risk it can cause to your health is rupture & subsequent bleeding. Rupture is more likely if you had multiple ones (you don't), if it was not caused by atherosclerosis (check with your doc), & if you're having pain. Keep your next appointment for follow up. Hope that helps. ...Read more
U.S results extrahepatic bile duct 0.5cm. Echogenic liver consist with fatty changes, an echogenic pancreas consist fatty infiltration? Help
Lose weight: Gradually but start now. Exercise is a must. No crash dieting. Get help. ...Read more
Help. Us results. Extrahepatic bile duct 0.5cm, echogenic liver consistent with fatty changes, a echogenic pancreas consist with fatty infiltration?
Internal Med: The field of silent diseases. Yes you certainly can have GI bleeding anywhere in the GI tract without pain. ...Read more
By using special masks you can decreased the chances but we are all involved in this planet
we need to drecreased pollution, recycle products & help the environment. But any contaminant could travel thousand of miles to another country or place, then we are all involeved & difficult to stay out of it. ...Read more
Depends on cause: If you know the cause if the UTI, you can prevent, may be even cure it. Causes/risks: 1.Diabetes (control blood sugars) 2.Irritant (eg. Alkali soap) 3. Anatomical issues (urologic intervention) or 4. Physiologic problem (pharmacotherapy). Some prevention on your part includes: minimizing risk of getting an STD, avoid holding your urine, drink ample fluids during the day, and voiding after intimacy ...Read more
Location, location: The question is very broad and it would highly depend on which part of the GI tract we are talking about, i.e. The colon, the small intestine, the esophagus, etc. To give you a general framework though, I might say that some common causes are: cancer, ischemia (lack of blood supply), infection, inflammatory bowel disease (especially crohn's), radiation therapy, diverticulitis, and drugs. ...Read more
No: These are two separate processes. Bad breath or halitosis is caused by mouth bacteria which don't have anything to do with the lower GI tract which is essentially separated from the "lower" GI tract by the acid within the stomach. For bad breath I recommend brushing your tongue daily and seeing your dentist. ...Read more
Urinary tract infections typically occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply in the bladder.
The most common utis occur mainly in women and affect the bladder and urethra.
Infection of the bladder (cystitis) can be caused by e. Coli, a type of bacteria commonly found in the gastrointestinal tract but can also be caused by many other types of bacteria. ...Read more
Upper GI: Hsv also known as herpes has two types. Hsv 1 usually affects sensory nerves in the face and head. Hsv 2, the sensory nerves in the genital tract. Both viruses can infect any sensory nerve in the body so HSV 1 can be found on the hand pens/vagina. I do not know of any cases where HSV caused symptoms in the lower GI tract but it can cause out breaks in the mouth and throat. ...Read more