Learn About Bile Duct Stricture

What is the definition of Bile Duct Stricture?

A bile duct stricture is an abnormal narrowing of the common bile duct. This is a tube that moves bile from the liver to the small intestine. Bile is a substance that helps with digestion.

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What are the alternative names for Bile Duct Stricture?

Bile duct stricture; Biliary stricture

What are the causes of Bile Duct Stricture?

A bile duct stricture is often caused by injury to the bile ducts during surgery. For example, it may occur after surgery to remove the gallbladder.

Other causes of this condition include:

  • Cancer of the bile duct, liver or pancreas
  • Damage and scarring due to a gallstone in the bile duct
  • Damage or scarring after gallbladder removal
  • Pancreatitis
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
What are the symptoms of Bile Duct Stricture?

Symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain on the upper right side of belly
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Itching
  • General feeling of discomfort
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaundice
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pale or clay-colored stools
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What are the current treatments for Bile Duct Stricture?

The goal of treatment is to correct the narrowing. This will allow bile to flow from the liver into the intestine.

This may involve:

  • Surgery
  • Endoscopic or percutaneous dilation or insertion of stents through the stricture

If surgery is done, the stricture is removed. The common bile duct will be rejoined with the small intestine.

In some cases, a tiny metal or plastic mesh tube (stent) is placed across the bile duct stricture to keep it open.

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1283 York Ave 
New York, NY 10065

Reem Sharaiha is a Gastroenterologist in New York, New York. Dr. Sharaiha has been practicing medicine for over 19 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Bile Duct Stricture. She is also highly rated in 24 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Bile Duct Obstruction, Cholestasis, Bile Duct Stricture, and Hereditary Pancreatitis. She is licensed to treat patients in New York.

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Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

125 Paterson St 
New Brunswick, NJ 8901

Michel Kahaleh is a Gastroenterologist in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Kahaleh has been practicing medicine for over 28 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Bile Duct Stricture. He is also highly rated in 34 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Achalasia, Bile Duct Obstruction, Cholestasis, and Bile Duct Stricture. He is licensed to treat patients in New York and New Jersey. Dr. Kahaleh is currently accepting new patients.

 
 
 
 
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Richmond Gastroenterology Associates

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Henrico, VA 23233

Bimaljit Sandhu is a Gastroenterologist in Henrico, Virginia. Dr. Sandhu has been practicing medicine for over 30 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Bile Duct Stricture. He is also highly rated in 41 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Bile Duct Stricture, Bile Duct Obstruction, Chronic Pancreatitis, and Cholestasis. He is licensed to treat patients in Virginia. Dr. Sandhu is currently accepting new patients.

What is the outlook (prognosis) for Bile Duct Stricture?

Treatment is successful most of the time. Long-term success depends on the cause of the stricture.

What are the possible complications of Bile Duct Stricture?

Inflammation and narrowing of the biliary duct may return in some people. There is a risk for infection above the narrowed area. Strictures that remain for a long period can lead to liver damage (cirrhosis).

When should I contact a medical professional for Bile Duct Stricture?

Call your health care provider if symptoms recur after pancreatitis, cholecystectomy, or other biliary surgery.

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Who are the sources who wrote this article ?

Published Date : May 27, 2020
Published By : Jenifer K. Lehrer, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Aria - Jefferson Health Torresdale, Jefferson Digestive Diseases Network, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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Ibrahim-zada I, Ahrendt SA. Management of benign biliary strictures. In: Cameron AM, Cameron JL, eds. Current Surgical Therapy. 13th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 462-466.

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