Biliary Obstruction in Texas

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Your biliary system consists of a network of ducts which work to relocate bile from the liver to the gallbladder, and then to your small bowel in order to facilitate the digestion of food within the small bowel. A biliary obstruction happens when one or more of these aforementioned ducts becomes blocked and is unable to allow the bile to move as needed all throughout the biliary system. A biliary obstruction is often called a bile duct obstruction since one of the most usual places for it to occur is in the bile duct between the liver and the gallbladder. If you are looking for medical care for a biliary obstruction in Texas, our team is ready to help. Please contact our team of gastroenterologists at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants to request a consultation at your nearest location and learn the ways in which it can be treated.

Biliary obstruction in Texas patients is not unusual and can be treated by a GI doctor.

The most typical symptoms of biliary obstruction are:

  • Jaundice
  • Itching
  • Dark urine
  • Light or pale-colored stools
  • Pain in the stomach
  • Fever and night sweats
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss or decreased appetite

If you’ve been experiencing any combination of the above symptoms, contact Texas Digestive Disease Consultants to request a consultation at a location near you.

A typical culprit of a biliary obstruction is a hard deposit known as a gallstone. Gallstones can grow anytime the amount of cholesterol or bilirubin within the bile is too elevated. These solid particles can then be carried into the bile ducts and hinder the movement of bile.

Additional causes of a bile duct blockage might include:

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

In the event of bile duct obstruction, the bile is stopped from performing its part in helping to process foods. Bile is released by the liver to dissolve fats and permit them to be absorbed by the body, as well as assist in removing waste from the body. If left untreated, a bile duct blockage could lead to serious, life-threatening liver disease. Reach out to Texas Digestive Disease Consultants to request a consultation if you or a member of your family think you could be suffering from a bile duct blockage.

What is the standard treatment for a biliary obstruction?

The majority of biliary obstructions can be treated by using an endoscope during a procedure known as an ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography). In extreme or severe situations, surgery may be necessary to excise the obstruction and occasionally to remove the gallbladder. Should the cause of the obstruction be due to cancer, then, most likely, the ducts will need to be stretched and drained.

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If you or a loved one are experiencing pale stools or dark urine or you think you may have a bile duct obstruction, please reach out to Texas Digestive Disease Consultants to request a consultation with one of our GI providers at your earliest convenience. We proudly provide treatment for bile duct obstruction in Texas and look forward to providing you with the high-quality care you deserve.

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