Biliary Obstruction in Connecticut

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What exactly is a biliary obstruction?

Your biliary system is comprised of a series of ducts that provide help to transport bile from your liver to your gallbladder and then to the small bowel to help you digest food within the small intestine. A biliary obstruction occurs when one of these aforementioned ducts becomes blocked and fails to permit the bile to move as needed throughout the biliary system. A biliary obstruction is commonly referred to as a bile duct obstruction because these obstructions often develop within the bile duct between the liver and the gallbladder. If you need medical care for a biliary obstruction in Connecticut, our team is here to help. Please contact our team of gastrointestinal specialists at a Connecticut GI in your community to let us give you more information regarding this condition and your options for addressing it.

What are the common symptoms of a biliary obstruction?

Biliary obstruction in Connecticut patients is not uncommon and can generally be treated by a GI specialist. Among the more common symptoms of biliary obstructions are:

  • Jaundice
  • Itching
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Pale or light-colored stools
  • Stomach pain
  • Night sweats and fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss or decreased appetite

If you’ve been suffering from a combination of the above symptoms, contact a Connecticut GI near you to request an appointment.

What are some of the causes of a bile duct, or biliary, obstruction?

The most common cause of biliary obstructions are hard deposits known as gallstones. Gallstones may grow when the amount of bilirubin or cholesterol in the bile is too high. These solid deposits then flow through the bile ducts and block the flow of bile.

Additional causes of a biliary blockage might include:

  • Common bile duct cyst formation
  • Bile duct inflammation
  • Injury from other surgeries
  • Bile duct tumors
  • Parasites

What does it mean if my bile duct is blocked?

In the case of biliary obstruction, the bile is prevented from performing its part in breaking down foods. The liver releases bile to break down fats and enable them to be absorbed by the body, in addition to assisting in removing waste from one's body. If not treated, a bile duct blockage could lead to a serious, life-threatening disease of the liver. Please contact the Connecticut GI location nearest you if you or a family member are concerned that you might be suffering from a bile duct blockage.

What is the typical treatment for a biliary obstruction?

Most biliary obstructions can be removed using an endoscope during an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). In severe or extreme cases, surgery may be necessary to excise the obstruction and sometimes remove the gallbladder. If the cause of the obstruction is related to cancer, it will likely also be the case that the ducts will need to be stretched and drained.

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If you or a member of your family are experiencing pale stools or dark urine or think you might have a bile duct obstruction, connect with your nearest Connecticut GI to request a consultation with one of our GI providers at your earliest convenience. We proudly provide treatment for biliary obstruction in Connecticut and look forward to the opportunity to provide you with the personalized care you need.

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