Biliary Obstruction in Washington

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The biliary system consists of a series of ducts that move bile from the liver into the gallbladder and then to the small intestine to facilitate the digestion of food within the small intestine. A biliary obstruction is when one of these ducts becomes blocked and cannot allow the bile to move as needed throughout the biliary system. A biliary obstruction is commonly called a bile duct obstruction because one of the usual locations at which these obstructions occur is within the bile duct separating the gallbladder and the liver. If you require medical treatment for a biliary obstruction in Washington, our team is ready to help. Please contact our network of gastrointestinal providers at Washington Gastroenterology for additional information regarding this condition and how it can be treated.

Bile duct obstructions are not unusual, and treatment for a biliary obstruction in Washington is available with the assistance of a digestive health specialist.

Some of the most common symptoms of bile duct obstructions are:

  • Jaundice
  • Itching
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Light or pale-colored stools
  • Pain in the stomach
  • Night sweats and fever
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Unexplained weight loss or decreased appetite

If you’ve been suffering from a combination of the above symptoms, contact your nearest Washington Gastroenterology location to request a consultation.

A common cause of biliary obstructions is gallstones. Gallstones can develop anytime the level of bilirubin or cholesterol in the bile is too high. These solid particles can then be carried through the bile ducts and hinder the flow of bile.

Other causes of a bile duct blockage can involve:

  • Common bile duct cyst formation
  • Bile duct inflammation
  • Injury from other surgeries
  • Tumors that have spread to the bile ducts
  • Parasites

In the event of biliary obstruction, bile is prohibited from contributing to the breakdown of foods. The liver secretes bile to dissolve fats allowing them to be absorbed, and assists in removing waste from the body. A bile duct obstruction could lead to life-threatening liver disease if left untreated. Please contact Washington Gastroenterology immediately if you or a family member believe you might suffer from a bile duct blockage.


What is the typical treatment for a biliary obstruction?

Many biliary blockages can be cleared using an endoscope during an ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography). Surgery may be required to remove the obstruction and sometimes the gallbladder in severe or extreme situations. If the obstruction results from cancer, it will also be likely that the ducts will need to be drained and stretched.

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If you or a member of your family are dealing with dark urine or pale stools or believe you might have a biliary blockage, please reach out to Washington Gastroenterology to request an appointment with one of our gastrointestinal providers at your earliest convenience. We proudly provide treatment for biliary obstruction in Washington and look forward to assisting you with the personalized care you need.

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