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Biliary Obstruction in Illinois

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The human biliary system consists of a series of ducts that help relocate bile from the liver into your gallbladder, followed by your small intestine in to facilitate the digestion of food within the small bowel. A biliary obstruction is when one or more of these ducts becomes blocked and fails to permit the bile to pass freely throughout your biliary system. A biliary obstruction is frequently called a bile duct obstruction, reason being, that one of the usual places at which these obstructions develop is in the bile duct located between the gallbladder and the liver. If you are looking for medical assistance for a biliary obstruction in Chicago, IL, Peoria, IL, or Bloomington, IL, our team is here to help. Contact our network of GI providers at GI Alliance of Illinois to let us give you more details about this condition and your options for having it treated.

Bile duct obstruction in Illinois patients is not uncommon and can typically be treated by a GI doctor. Some of the most common symptoms of a bile duct obstruction are:

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

If you’ve been experiencing any combination of the symptoms listed above, please request an appointment at GI Alliance of Illinois.

A typical cause of biliary obstructions is hard deposits known as gallstones. Gallstones can grow when the level of cholesterol or bilirubin in the bile is excessively high. These solid particulates can then flow into the bile ducts and hinder the flow of bile.

Additional causes of a biliary obstruction could involve:

  • Cysts of the common bile duct
  • Inflammation of the bile duct
  • Surgical injury
  • Tumors that have spread to the bile ducts
  • Parasites

To learn additional information, request a consultation with our GI providers at GI Alliance of Illinois.

In the event of bile duct obstruction, the bile is prohibited from playing its role in processing foods. Bile is released by the liver to break down fats and permit them to be absorbed. It also assists in the removal of waste out of one's body. In the absence of treatment, a biliary blockage could result in a life-threatening disease of the liver. Please contact GI Alliance of Illinois promptly if you or a loved one believe you might have a biliary obstruction.

What is the typical treatment for a biliary obstruction?

For many patients, biliary obstructions can be addressed using an endoscope during an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). In extreme or severe situations, surgery may be required to remove the obstruction and occasionally to remove the gallbladder. If the cause of the obstruction is related to cancer, then, most likely, the ducts will need to be drained and stretched.

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If you or a loved one are noticing dark urine or pale stools or believe you might have a biliary blockage, contact GI Alliance of Illinois to reserve an appointment with one of our gastroenterologists at your earliest convenience. We proudly provide treatment for biliary obstruction for patients in Illinois, and look forward to providing you with the high-quality care you need.

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