Biliary Obstruction in Denver, CO
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What is a biliary obstruction?
Your biliary system is a network of ducts that function to transport bile from the liver into the gallbladder and then to the small intestine in an effort to help you digest food within your small intestine. A biliary obstruction occurs when one or more of these aforementioned ducts becomes blocked and is unable to allow the bile to move as needed throughout the biliary system. A biliary obstruction is commonly referred to as a bile duct obstruction because one of the most common locations of the obstruction is in the bile duct located between the liver and the gallbladder. If you are looking for medical treatment for a biliary obstruction in Denver, CO, our team is here to help. Please reach out to our network of gastrointestinal providers at Denver Digestive Health Specialists to request a consultation at a location near you.
What are the symptoms of a biliary obstruction?
Biliary obstruction is not an unusual diagnosis and can be treated by a GI specialist.
Some of the more common symptoms of a biliary obstruction are:
- Dark-colored urine
- Pale or light-colored stools
- Stomach pain
- Fever and night sweats
- Vomiting and nausea
- Unexplained weight loss
- Decreased appetite
If you or a loved one have been suffering from a combination of the above symptoms, we urge you to reach out to Denver Digestive Health Specialists to arrange for a visit.
What are some of the causes of a bile duct, or biliary, obstruction?
A common cause of a biliary obstruction is gallstones. Gallstones can form when the amount of bilirubin or cholesterol in the bile is excessively high. These solid particles then flow into the bile ducts and obstruct the movement of bile.
Additional causes of a bile duct blockage may include:
- Bile duct cyst formation
- Bile duct inflammation
- Injury from other surgeries
- Bile duct tumors
What does it mean if my bile duct is blocked?
In the case of biliary obstruction, the bile is prohibited from doing its part in processing foods. Bile is released by the liver to dissolve fats and permit them to be absorbed by the body, in addition to assisting in removing waste from the body. If not treated, a bile duct blockage could progress to a life-threatening disease of the liver. If you think you have a biliary obstruction in Denver, CO, please consult with one of our providers at your earliest convenience.
What is the standard treatment for a biliary obstruction?
For many patients, biliary blockages can be removed utilizing an endoscope during an ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography). In severe or extreme cases, surgery is required to excise the blockage and sometimes remove the gallbladder. Should the cause of the obstruction be a result of cancer, it will likely also be the case that the ducts will need to be drained and stretched.
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If you or a family member are noticing dark urine, pale stools, itching, stomach pain, or night sweats, it could be an indication of a biliary blockage. If this is the case, contact Denver Digestive Health Specialists to request a consultation with one of our GI physicians as soon as possible. We proudly provide treatment for biliary obstruction in Denver, CO and look forward to providing you with the care you need.
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