Biliary Obstruction in Florida
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What is a biliary obstruction?
Your biliary system is made up of a network of ducts that help move bile from your liver to your gallbladder and then to the small bowel to facilitate the digestion of food within the small bowel. A biliary obstruction occurs when one of these aforementioned ducts becomes blocked and does not allow the bile to pass freely throughout the biliary system. A biliary obstruction is frequently called a bile duct obstruction because one of the typical locations at which these obstructions develop is in the bile duct located between the gallbladder and the liver. If you need medical assistance with a biliary obstruction in Florida, our experts are ready to help. Contact our team of gastrointestinal providers at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida to let us give you additional details regarding this condition and how it can be addressed.
What are the symptoms of a biliary obstruction?
Bile duct obstruction is not unusual and can get treated by a GI doctor. Some of the most typical symptoms of a bile duct obstruction are:
- Dark-colored urine
- Pale or light-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 any combination of the symptoms listed above, contact Gastroenterology Associates of Florida to request an appointment.
What causes a bile duct or biliary obstruction?
A commonplace cause of biliary obstruction is hard deposits known as gallstones. Gallstones may develop when the level of cholesterol or bilirubin within the bile is too high. These solid deposits then flow into the bile ducts and impact the flow of bile.
Other causes of a biliary obstruction could include:
- Common bile duct cyst formation
- Bile duct inflammation
- Injury from other surgeries
- Bile duct tumors
If you believe you're suffering from a biliary obstruction, request a consultation with one of our GI providers in Florida at one of our Gastroenterology Associates of Florida locations. We look forward to assisting you and helping you get relief.
What will happen if my bile duct is blocked?
In the case of biliary obstruction, the bile is blocked from performing its part in processing foods. Bile is secreted by the liver to break down fats and enable them to be absorbed by the body. Bile also assists in removing waste from the body. If left untreated, a bile duct obstruction could progress to serious, life-threatening liver disease. Reach out to Gastroenterology Associates of Florida promptly if you or a loved one are concerned that you might be suffering from a biliary blockage.
What is the standard treatment for a biliary obstruction?
For many patients, biliary blockages can be treated utilizing an endoscope during an ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography). In extreme, or severe situations, surgery may be necessary to remove the blockage and sometimes remove the gallbladder. If the cause of the obstruction is cancer, it will likely also be the case that the ducts will need to be drained and stretched. To receive prompt, expert treatment, contact a GI provider at one of our Gastroenterology Associates of Florida locations today.
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If you or a loved one are experiencing dark urine or pale stools, or think you might have a biliary blockage, contact Gastroenterology Associates of Florida to request an appointment with one of our gastrointestinal providers at your earliest convenience. We proudly offer treatment for biliary obstruction in Florida and look forward to providing you with the excellent care you need.
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