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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

Dr. Gary Sandler
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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Is it true that liver bile is gray when it comes out as excrement?

Is it true that liver bile is gray when it comes out as excrement?

No: Bile is motor-oil color and consistency as it exits the liver, golden-brown. This gives stool it's characteristic color. ...Read more

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What is da best and most intense way to cleanse the liver kidneys & blood. What are the benefits of increasing liver bile production. What's da purpose?

What is da best and most intense way to cleanse the liver kidneys & blood. What are the benefits of increasing liver bile production. What's da purpose?

NONE! NONE! NONE!: Don't waste your time, money, or health--liver "detoxing" is snake oil! If you indeed have a liver disease, see a specialist who can help design appropriate treatment for you. Please read the many other healthtap answers that dissuade use of "detox" or "cleanse" products. ...Read more

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Hi I'm 6 wks pregnant and feeling itching all over my body I read it means something wrong with liver bile is it true I'm worry about my baby?

Hi I'm 6 wks pregnant and feeling itching all over my body I read it means something wrong with liver bile is it true I'm worry about my baby?

Yes and no: Itching is not an uncommon problem with pregnancy and believed to be partly from the bile issue you mentioned related to hormonal changes. However there may some unknown mechanism involved as well. Antihistamine does not work well but worth a try. Be sure to apply moisturizer after bathing. Try OTC Gold Bond anti-itch or TriCalm. This does not impact the baby. Talk to OB also. ...Read more

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What are the chances a path report from a "brushing" of a liver bile duct during ercp is incorrect in a cancer dx? 87yo. Severe jaundice- no pain?

What are the chances a path report from a "brushing" of a liver bile duct during ercp is incorrect in a cancer dx? 87yo. Severe jaundice- no pain?

Slight chance: Pathologists are experts for diagnosing cancer from a single cell, in order to do that must get an intact undamaged cell, must preserve it, properly store & label it and send to cyto-pathology lab, even in presence of ca brush may miss it, all of the above can happen then will false negative results, 85 - 90 % time will not happen, will have correct diagnosis, good luck to your dad. ...Read more

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Interested to know if iodine taken orally would get into the liver and bile, and kill bacteria in there?

Interested to know if iodine taken orally would get into the liver and bile, and kill bacteria in there?

Danger: Your body needs a tiny amount of iodine to prevent a thyroid condition called goiter. You get that from food or iodized salt in your diet. More iodine is very dangerous and in any case won't kill bacteria in your body. If you think you have an infection, you must see a doctor.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Sent home to be with family with no more treatment options for pancreatic cancer. Tumors in liver blocking bile duct with drainage tube. Time left?

Sent home to be with family with no more treatment options for pancreatic cancer. Tumors in liver blocking bile duct with drainage tube. Time left?

I am sorry to: Hear of this. But, it would be best to ask the oncologist/ treating physician who knows the full medical history. ...Read more

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What will happen if our liver stops secreting bile?

What will happen if our liver stops secreting bile?

Liver bile: It doesn't, but if obstructed in the main duct your stool becomes harder and clay colored and this is a serious sign that reuires immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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I have borderline liver enlargement but bile ducts not dilated and liver texture is normal. What does it mean?

I have borderline liver enlargement but bile ducts not dilated and liver texture is normal. What does it mean?

Usually nothing: I have lots of people in my office with that. They usually come to me with suspected gallbladder disease, and when I operate, the liver looks normal. If your liver lab tests are normal and you're not taking too much Tylenol (acetaminophen) or drinking too much alcohol, I wouldn't worry about it. ...Read more

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Bilirubin increasing with liver metastses. No bile duct blockage. All Other liver tests are normal. What am this exactly mean?

Bilirubin increasing with liver metastses. No bile duct blockage. All Other liver tests are normal. What am this exactly mean?

Bilirubin: Elevated bilirubin can result from two main sources-- breakdown of hemoglobin (from red cells) and blockage of normal secretion from the liver (obstruction of a bile duct.) These two sources are distinguishable in blood (bound vs. Unbound.) But liver mets may produce blockage of small ducts and elevate bili w/o blocking main ducts. ...Read more

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Is a higher quality MRI needed for liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts then for other areas of the body like jionts, shoulders, and the head?

Is a higher quality MRI needed for liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts then for other areas of the body like jionts, shoulders, and the head?

Same machine.: No higher quality machine is necessary. The techniques used to examine different parts of the body may be slightly different, but any place that has an MRI machine can usually do those well. Good luck. ...Read more

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How invasive is an ERCP endoscopy? If an EU was preformed but nothing of note showed up what are the chances of being scheduled an ERCP if issues with the liver gallbladder and bile ducts are suspected? Is gallbladder removal more common than ERCP?

How invasive is an ERCP endoscopy? If an EU was preformed but nothing of note showed up what are the chances of being scheduled an ERCP if issues with the liver gallbladder and bile ducts are suspected? Is gallbladder removal more common than ERCP?

It's invasive: It's not as invasive as surgery but it can have some significant complications therefore it's done only if indicated. MRCP is often used as first test in place of ERCP and is not an invasive test. Most of the patients with gallstones have gallbladder removed without a need for ERCP ...Read more

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What are chances a "brushing" of cells in bile liver duct path report during ercp stent placement are incorrect in cancer dx? Says neg but pt has it?

What are chances a "brushing" of cells in bile liver duct path report during ercp stent placement are incorrect in cancer dx? Says neg but pt has it?

Slight chance: Pathologists are experts for diagnosing cancer from a single cell, in order to do that must get an intact undamaged enough cells, must preserve them, properly store &; label them and send to cyto-pathology lab, even in presence of ca brush may miss it, all of the above can happen then will false negative results, 85 - 90 % time will not happen, will have correct diagnosis ...Read more

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How effective is the ultrasound at seeing small amounts of fibrosis or cirrhosis in the liver? Do radiologists get a good enough view of the liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts with this test to detect very early damage in these areas?

How effective is the ultrasound at seeing small amounts of fibrosis or cirrhosis in the liver? Do radiologists get a good enough view of the liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts with this test to detect very early damage in these areas?

See answer: Ultrasound is the imaging study of choice for gall bladder and bile ducts, as well as for the liver. Biopsy is the gold standard for fibrosis/cirrhosis. High resolution US is 90% sensitive and specific for the diagnosis of Cirrhosis. But it would not show early fibrosis.
The Liver Fibrosis Panel (HepaScore) is a single blood test that estimates the likelihood and severity of cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What happens when one's liver cannot produce enough bile?

What happens when one's liver cannot produce enough bile?

Bile: It may be the result of a liver disease such as hepatitis or cirrhosis or an obstruction lower in the ducts. In that case one treats the underlying pathology. Meantime one could take ox bile as an old remedy to help you break down your fats. ...Read more

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What substances regulate the activity of the gallbladder and liver, in regards to bile?

What substances regulate the activity of the gallbladder and liver, in regards to bile?

Cholecystokinin: The gallbladder and liver are regulated by cholecystokinin. Many other hormones also play a role. ...Read more

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Is my Liver not producing enough bile? My blood test show 0.2 of the reference range 0.0-1.9. Isn't this a bad thing? . _.

Is my Liver not producing enough bile? My blood test show 0.2 of the reference range 0.0-1.9. Isn't this a bad thing? . _.

No.: The reference range is usually a given range where 95% of the NORMAL population falls (95% confidence interval). You are within this so you are fine. And this test is measuring bilirubin, not bile. It doesn't measure production of bile---though it can be elevated if you have a blockage preventing excretion of bile. ...Read more

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My drainage of bile after liver cyst surgery still 400 ml per day after 2 months is it right?

My drainage of bile after liver cyst surgery still 400 ml per day after 2 months is it right?

Healing Takes Time: Hard to say why you are having a bile leak without knowing the anatomical details about your liver surgery. Be patient and give it some more time, but you may require internal catheter drainage (endoscopic or percutaneous) to help this resolve. Sometimes they have to change/upsize the drains to help direct the flow of bile and to heal the tract. Talk to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Good morning my ultrasound says I have borderline liver enlargement ; liver texture normal and bile ducts not dilated. Is this something to worry?

Good morning my ultrasound says I have borderline liver enlargement ; liver texture normal and bile ducts not dilated. Is this something to worry?

It is a warning.: A borderline liver enlargement without structural changes may be due to some fatty infiltration of he liver. Which in a long term may be harmful. What is your weight? What is the fat content in your diet? what is your lifestyle? What is your serum cholesterol? Those are the questions you should be answering with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dark urine no smell in am/hrs of no peeing/water gets lighter w/ water, could be bile duct/liver/kidney prob. Or just dehydration daily usually?

Dark urine no smell in am/hrs of no peeing/water gets lighter w/ water, could be bile duct/liver/kidney prob. Or just dehydration daily usually?

Normal: Likely daily normal variation. If you have otherwise symptoms please mention them to your doctor. A urine sample with microscopic should answer your question. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the aspects of bile's role in the liver?

Can you please describe the aspects of bile's role in the liver?

Bile synthesis: Bile is made by the liver and stored in the galllbladder for later release during digestion. Any obstruction to bile outflow can cause bile to accumulate in the liver where it can be toxic, and then it will also build up in the blood and cause jaundice and other problems. Your question is a bit vague, I hope this helps. ...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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Are there foods that naturally concentrate the bile produced by the liver in the absence of gallbladder?

Not needed: Concentrated bile is not important for digestion, from all secretions 7 liters of fluid goes through gut, even concentrated gb bile gets diluted, most of the entire fluid get absorbed when reaches end of small bowel. ...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


Bile (Definition)

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