Biliary Obstruction in Lubbock, TX

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Your biliary system is comprised of a network of ducts that serve to move bile from the liver to the gallbladder before it finally reaches the small intestine, where it aids in the digestion of food. A biliary obstruction is a situation wherein one or more of these ducts gets blocked and is unable to allow the bile to pass freely all throughout the biliary system. A biliary obstruction is commonly referred to as a bile duct obstruction due to the fact that the bile duct (between the gallbladder and liver) is a typical location for such a blockage to develop. If you are seeking medical treatment for a biliary obstruction in Lubbock, TX, our physicians are here to help. Contact our group of GI specialists at Lubbock Digestive Disease Associates to let us give you more information about this condition and your options for having it addressed.

Biliary obstruction is a fairly common condition, but you can find treatment for it from a qualified GI specialist. Some of the more typical symptoms of a bile duct obstruction are:

  • Jaundice
  • Itching
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Pale or light-colored stools
  • Pain in the stomach
  • Night sweats and fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss or decreased appetite

If you or a loved one has been suffering from any combination of the above symptoms, we urge you to reach out to Lubbock Digestive Disease Associates to arrange for an appointment. Our providers have experience treating biliary obstructions in Lubbock, TX patients and would be happy to discuss treatment options with you.

Gallstones are most often to blame in cases of biliary obstruction. Gallstones can develop any time the level of cholesterol or bilirubin within the bile is too high. These solid particles can then be carried through the bile ducts and hinder the movement of bile.

Additional causes of a biliary blockage might involve:

  • Common bile duct cyst formation
  • Bile duct inflammation
  • Surgical injury
  • Bile duct tumors
  • Parasites

An obstructed bile duct might be unable to perform at full function processing the foods you eat. Bile is released by the liver to dissolve fats and permit them to be absorbed by the body, in addition to aiding in removing waste from the body. In the absence of treatment, a biliary obstruction could result in a life-threatening disease of the liver. Contact Lubbock Digestive Disease Associates promptly if you or a member of your family are concerned that you might be suffering from a bile duct blockage.

 

What is the standard treatment for a biliary obstruction?

Much of the time, biliary blockages can be cleared with an endoscope in a procedure called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). In severe cases, surgery may be required to excise the blockage and occasionally to 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.

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If you've noticed darkness in your urine, pale-colored stools, or other signs you believe might be indicative of a bile duct obstruction, we encourage you to connect with Lubbock Digestive Disease Associates at your earliest convenience to schedule a consultation with a GI doctor. We proudly offer treatment for biliary obstruction in Lubbock, TX and look forward to the opportunity to provide you with the quality care you need.

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