Biliary Obstruction in Hattiesburg, MS
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What is a biliary obstruction?
Your biliary system is comprised of a series of ducts that provide help to transport bile from the liver into the gallbladder and then to the small intestine in an effort to assist you in the digestion of food within your small bowel. A biliary obstruction is a situation wherein one of these ducts gets blocked and fails to allow the bile to move freely throughout your biliary system. A biliary obstruction is often called a bile duct obstruction due to the fact that they commonly develop in the bile duct located between the gallbladder and the liver. If you require medical care for a biliary obstruction in Hattiesburg, MS, we are ready to help. Please contact our group of gastrointestinal specialists at Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC for more information concerning this condition and how it can be addressed.
What are some of the symptoms of a biliary obstruction?
Biliary obstruction in Hattiesburg, MS patients is not unusual and can be treated by a gastroenterologist.
The more typical symptoms of a bile duct obstruction are:
- Dark urine
- Light or pale-colored stools
- Pain in the stomach
- Night sweats and fever
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abnormal loss of weight or appetite
If you or a loved one have been suffering from any combination of the symptoms listed above, we urge you to reach out to Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC to set up a consultation.
What are some of the causes of a bile duct or biliary obstruction?
The most common cause of a biliary obstruction are hard deposits called gallstones. Gallstones can develop when the amount of cholesterol or bilirubin within the bile is too high. These solid particulates then are carried through the bile ducts and obstruct the flow of bile.
Other causes of a biliary obstruction can include:
- Common bile duct cyst formation
- Bile duct inflammation
- Surgical injury
- Bile duct tumors
What will happen if my bile duct is blocked?
In the case of biliary obstruction, the bile is prevented from carrying out its role in helping to break down foods. Bile is secreted by the liver to break down fats and allow them to be absorbed by the body, in addition to assisting in removing waste from one's body. In neglected, a biliary obstruction could result in a serious or even life-threatening disorder of the liver. Please contact Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC at your earliest convenience if you believe that you or a family member could be suffering from a biliary blockage.
What is the standard treatment for a biliary obstruction?
In many cases, biliary obstructions can be removed using an endoscope during an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). In extreme or severe situations, surgery is required to clear the blockage and occasionally to 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 are noticing dark urine or pale stools or believe you could have a bile duct blockage, contact Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC to request a consultation with one of our gastrointestinal specialists at your earliest convenience. We proudly provide treatment for bile duct obstruction in Hattiesburg, MS and look forward to providing you with the world-class care you need.
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