What Is a Bile Duct Stricture?
The bile duct is the tube that moves bile from the liver to the small intestine. A bile duct stricture is the anomalous narrowing of the bile duct. There are many reasons as to what could cause a bile duct stricture. Some causes include bile duct, liver, or pancreatic cancers, pancreatitis, damage or scarring due to a gallstone in the bile duct, primary sclerosing cholangitis, and damage or scarring after gallbladder removal. The most common one however, is through injury to the bile ducts during surgery.
Common symptoms of a bile duct stricture are light-colored stools, fevers, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, yellow skin or eyes (created from the buildup up bilirubin), itching, and abdominal pain (on the right side of the body where the gallbladder and the liver are located). Some grave difficulties that can come from it are low blood pressure, sepsis, inflammation of the organs, and a bacterial infection within the liver. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it needs to be brought to the attention of your GI doctor, so schedule an appointment at the Digestive and Liver Center right away.
Our Orlando GI experts will be able to infer whether you have a bile duct disorder based on if you have high levels of bilirubin, the description of your symptoms, and your appearance. Nevertheless, the most conclusive diagnosis is made through a procedure called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). This procedure allows your GI doctor to see the biliary and pancreatic ducts.
The treatment for a bile duct stricture depends on the severity of the symptoms. Available to treat this are medical therapy, endoscopic therapy, percutaneous therapy, and surgical therapy. Consult with your GI doctor so that they can dedicate the best treatment plan for your individual situation. Call the Digestive and Liver Center of Florida today and schedule your appointment at any of our locations in the greater Orlando area. (407)384-7388.