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Why is it that jaundice is a symptom of gallstones?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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In brief: Liver Blockage

On occasion, gallstones may exit the gallbladder and get stuck in the tube that connects the liver to the intestinal tract, called the bile duct.
Obstruction of the bile duct may impair liver function, leading to jaundice and abnormal elevation of the liver enzymes. Stones in the bile duct can be much more serious than gallbladder stones and should be addressed urgently.

In brief: Liver Blockage

On occasion, gallstones may exit the gallbladder and get stuck in the tube that connects the liver to the intestinal tract, called the bile duct.
Obstruction of the bile duct may impair liver function, leading to jaundice and abnormal elevation of the liver enzymes. Stones in the bile duct can be much more serious than gallbladder stones and should be addressed urgently.
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In brief: Bile blockage

Gallstones can be expelled out of the gallbladder into the common bile duct.
This connects the liver to the intestinal tract. The stone can then cause a blockage of the bike duct leading to increased level of bilirubin, the main pigment in bile. This causes the back-up of the pigment that accumulates into the blood causing jaundice.

In brief: Bile blockage

Gallstones can be expelled out of the gallbladder into the common bile duct.
This connects the liver to the intestinal tract. The stone can then cause a blockage of the bike duct leading to increased level of bilirubin, the main pigment in bile. This causes the back-up of the pigment that accumulates into the blood causing jaundice.
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