Biliary Obstruction in Tulsa, OK

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The biliary system is made up of a network of ducts that relocate bile from the liver into the gallbladder, and then to your small intestine to help you digest food. A biliary obstruction occurs when one or more of these ducts becomes blocked and does not allow the bile to move freely through the biliary system. A biliary obstruction is commonly referred to as a bile duct obstruction because it typically develops in the bile duct between the liver and the gallbladder. If you need medical care for a biliary obstruction in Tulsa, OK, our providers are here to help. Please contact our network of gastrointestinal specialists at your nearest Adult Gastroenterology Associates location for additional details about this condition and the ways it can be addressed.

Biliary obstructions are not uncommon in Tulsa, OK and can typically be treated by a GI specialist. The most common symptoms of a bile duct obstruction are:

  • Jaundice
  • Itching
  • Dark urine
  • Pale or light-colored stools
  • Stomach pain
  • Fever and night sweats
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abnormal loss of weight or appetite

If you’ve been suffering from any combination of the symptoms listed above, please contact an Adult Gastroenterology Associates location to request a consultation.

The most common cause of biliary obstructions is gallstones. Gallstones can develop whenever the amount of bilirubin or cholesterol in the bile is too high. These solid particles are then carried through the bile ducts and obstruct the flow of bile.

Additional causes of a bile duct obstruction could include:

  • Cysts of the common bile duct
  • Bile duct inflammation
  • Injury from other surgeries
  • Bile duct tumors
  • Parasites

When you have a bile duct obstruction, the bile is prevented from doing its part to process foods. Bile is released by the liver to dissolve fats and enable them to be absorbed, as well as helping to remove waste out of the body. If left untreated, a bile duct obstruction could result in a life-threatening liver disease. Consult with a specialist at an Adult Gastroenterology Associates location near you right away if you are concerned that you could have a biliary block.

Most biliary obstructions can be removed by an endoscope during a procedure known as endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). In severe situations, surgery might be required to remove the obstruction and sometimes the gallbladder. If cancer is the cause of the block, it is likely that the ducts will need to be stretched and drained.

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Biliary obstructions can be dangerous if left untreated. If you believe you may have a bile duct obstruction, please contact your nearest Adult Gastroenterology Associates location to request a consultation with one of our GI providers. We proudly provide treatment for biliary obstructions in Tulsa, OK and look forward to the opportunity to provide you with excellent care.

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