Biliary Obstruction in San Antonio, TX
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What is a biliary obstruction?
The biliary system is a network of ducts that help transport bile from the liver to the gallbladder, and then to the small intestine in an effort to aid the digestion of food within your small bowel. A biliary obstruction is when one of these ducts gets blocked, preventing the bile from moving freely throughout your biliary system. A biliary obstruction is frequently called a bile duct obstruction because one of the most common locations obstructions develop is in the bile duct located between the gallbladder and the liver. If you require medical care for a biliary obstruction in San Antonio, TX, our gastrointestinal specialists are here to help. Please contact your nearest San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates location for additional information concerning this condition.
What are the symptoms of a biliary obstruction?
Biliary obstruction in individuals is not uncommon and can generally be treated by a gastroenterologist. Among the more typical symptoms of a bile duct obstruction are:
- Dark-colored urine
- Light or pale-colored stools
- Stomach pain
- Night sweats and fever
- Vomiting and nausea
- Unexplained weight loss or decreased appetite
If you or a loved one have been experiencing a combination of the symptoms listed above, contact your nearest San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates location to request an appointment.
What causes a bile duct or biliary obstruction?
The most common causes of biliary obstructions are hard deposits known as gallstones. Gallstones can develop when the level of cholesterol or bilirubin within the bile is too elevated. These solid particles can then be carried through the bile ducts and hinder the flow of bile.
Other causes of a biliary blockage might include:
- Common bile duct cyst formation
- Bile duct inflammation
- Injury from other surgeries
- Tumors that have spread to the bile ducts
What will happen if my bile duct is blocked?
In the case of biliary obstruction, the bile is unable to do its part in breaking down foods. Bile is secreted by the liver to break down fats, allowing them to be absorbed by the body. Bile also assists in clearing waste out of the body. In the absence of treatment, a bile duct blockage could lead to serious, life-threatening liver disease. Please consult with a professional at a San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates location near you at your earliest convenience if you or a family member believe you might be suffering from a biliary obstruction.
What is the standard treatment for a biliary obstruction?
In many cases, biliary blockages can be addressed during a procedure called an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). In severe, or extreme situations, surgery may be required to remove the obstruction and sometimes remove the gallbladder. If cancer is the cause of the obstruction, then, most likely, the ducts will need to be stretched and drained.
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If you are noticing dark urine or pale stools and think you might have a bile duct blockage, reach out to San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates to schedule an appointment with one of our GI specialists as soon as you are able. We proudly provide treatment for biliary obstruction in San Antonio, TX and look forward to the opportunity to provide you with the high-quality care you deserve.
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