Cancer can block the bile ducts, which carry bile from the liver to the small intestine to help digest fats. However, there are several types of noncancerous bile duct disorders that can also cause problems. Examples of noncancerous bile duct disorders include:
- Cholangitis (infection of the bile duct)
- Bile duct leaks, which can occur after certain surgeries and cause infection
- Biliary stricture (an abnormal narrowing of the bile duct)
- Biliary stones (choledocholithiasis, the presence of a gallstone in the common bile duct)
- Biliary changes after liver transplant (such as bile leaks or narrowing)
The diagnosis and treatment of bile duct disorders are best handled by a team of experts. The specialists at the Center for Advanced Digestive Care (CADC) of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center have extensive experience treating bile duct disorders, including the use of both surgical and advanced endoscopic approaches to relieve obstructed ducts and improve patients’ quality of life.
Symptoms of Bile Duct Disorders
Disruption of bile duct function can cause a variety of symptoms, the most common of which include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Itchy skin
If you are experiencing any symptoms, call your doctor immediately. You can also book an appointment.