Biliary Obstruction in Little Rock, AR

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Your biliary system is a series of ducts that function to move bile from the liver into the gallbladder and then to the small intestine to help you digest food within the small intestine. A biliary obstruction occurs when one or more of these ducts gets blocked and cannot allow the bile to pass as needed throughout your biliary system. A biliary obstruction is frequently referred to as a bile duct obstruction because one of the typical locations where the obstruction occurs is within the bile duct which is located between the liver and the gallbladder. If you require medical care for a biliary obstruction in Little Rock, AR we are ready to help. Please reach out to our group of GI specialists at GastroArkansas for more information concerning this condition and how it can be treated.

Biliary obstructions in Little Rock, AR patients are not unusual and can be treated by a gastroenterologist.

The typical symptoms of a bile duct obstruction are:

  • Jaundice
  • Itching
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Pale or light-colored stools
  • Stomach pain
  • Night sweats and fever
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Abnormal loss of weight or appetite

If you’ve been suffering from any combination of the above symptoms, please contact a GastroArkansas provider near you to request a consultation.

A common cause of biliary obstructions is gallstones. Gallstones can grow when the amount of cholesterol or bilirubin within the bile is elevated. These solid particles then flow through the bile ducts and block the movement of bile.

Other causes of a biliary obstruction can include:

  • Cysts of the common bile duct
  • Bile duct inflammation
  • Surgical injury
  • Bile duct tumors
  • Parasites

The best method for determining the cause of a bile obstruction is to consult with a GI specialist at a GastroArkansas location near you. Our Little Rock, AR specialists can diagnose your condition and determine the best course of treatment to improve your GI health.

In the event of biliary obstruction, the bile is stopped from doing its part in processing foods. Bile is secreted by the liver to break down fats and enable them to be absorbed by the body, as well as assist in removing waste from the body. Without treatment, a biliary obstruction could progress to a very serious, life-threatening liver disease. Please reach out to a GastroArkansas provider at your earliest convenience if you or a family member believe you could have a bile duct blockage.


What is the standard treatment for a biliary obstruction?

A large percentage of biliary obstructions can be addressed using an endoscope during a procedure known as an ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography). In extreme, or severe cases, surgery may be required to excise the blockage and sometimes remove the gallbladder. Should the cause of the obstruction be related to cancer it will, likely, also be the case that the ducts will need to be stretched and drained.

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If you are noticing dark urine or pale stools or believe you could have a bile duct obstruction, please contact a GastroArkansas location near you to request a consultation with one of our GI providers at your earliest convenience. We proudly offer treatment for biliary obstruction in Little Rock, AR, and look forward to providing you with the personalized care you need.

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