What is it?

Bile duct obstruction is a blockage in the tubes that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder and small intestine.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms of bile duct obstruction may include:
- Abdominal pain in the upper right side
- Dark urine
- Fever
- Itching
- Jaundice (yellow skin color)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pale-colored stools


Diagnosis may include:
- Physical examination
- Blood tests: bilirubin level, alkaline phosphatase level, and liver enzymes
- Abdominal ultrasound
- Abdominal CT scan
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
- Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiogram (PTCA)
- Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)


The goal of treatment is to relieve the blockage. Stones may be removed using an endoscope during an ERCP. In some cases, surgery is required to bypass the blockage. The gallbladder will usually be surgically removed if the blockage is caused by gallstones. Antibiotics will be prescribed if an infection is suspected.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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