Biliary Obstruction in Kansas City, MO

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The human biliary system is made up of a series of ducts that help to move bile from your liver into the gallbladder, followed by the small bowel in order to aid the digestion of food within your small bowel. A biliary obstruction is a situation wherein one or more of these ducts becomes blocked and does not permit the bile to migrate as needed all throughout the biliary system. A biliary obstruction is frequently referred to as a bile duct obstruction because one of the typical places at which such obstructions occur is in the bile duct separating the gallbladder and the liver. If you require medical assistance for a biliary obstruction in Kansas City, MO, our experts are here to help. Contact our group of gastrointestinal specialists at Digestive Health Specialists to let us give you additional details regarding this condition and how it can be treated.

Biliary obstruction in Kansas City, MO individuals is not unusual and can be treated by a GI specialist.

Among the most common symptoms of a biliary obstruction are:

  • Jaundice
  • Itching
  • Dark urine
  • Light or pale-colored stools
  • Stomach pain
  • Fever and night sweats
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Unexplained weight loss or decreased appetite

If you or a loved one have been suffering from a combination of the symptoms listed above, contact Digestive Health Specialists to set up a consultation.

The most common cause of biliary obstructions is hard deposits called gallstones. Gallstones can form any time the amount of bilirubin or cholesterol in the bile is too high. These solid particulates then flow into the bile ducts and hinder the flow of bile.

Additional causes of a biliary blockage may include:

  • Common bile duct cyst formation
  • Inflammation of the bile duct
  • Surgical injury
  • Tumors that have spread to the bile ducts
  • Parasites

In the event of biliary obstruction, the bile is blocked from doing its part in breaking down foods. Bile is secreted by the liver to dissolve fats and permit them to be absorbed by the body, as well as assisting in the removal of waste from one's body. Without care, a bile duct obstruction could progress to a life-threatening disease of the liver. Consult with a professional at Digestive Health Specialists right away if you believe you might be suffering from a biliary block.

A large number of biliary obstructions can be cleared by using an endoscope during a procedure known as an ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography). In extreme or severe cases, surgery is required to excise the obstruction and occasionally to remove the gallbladder. If the cause of the obstruction is due to cancer, then most likely the ducts will need to be drained and stretched.

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If you are noticing dark urine or pale stools or think you may have a bile duct blockage, please connect with Digestive Health Specialists to reserve an appointment with one of our GI providers at your earliest convenience. We proudly provide treatment for bile duct obstruction in Kansas City, MO and look forward to providing you with the world-class care you deserve.

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