Many conditions in the pancreas, bile duct and gallbladder can block the bile duct. The most common causes of bile duct obstruction are primarily gallstones followed by bile duct cancer. Other possible causes of bile duct obstruction include these conditions:
- Infection or disease causing inflammation of bile ducts
- Blood clots
- Gallbladder sludge buildup
- Liver trauma causing inflammation
- Liver fluke parasite
These blockages in the bile duct can develop into life-threatening conditions, such as cirrhosis, biliary cancer, and jaundice. Florida Hospital’s specialists consider the unique symptoms, risk factors, and results from specialized imaging technology to determine the possible causes of bile duct obstruction in each patient. Then, they can recommend the appropriate treatment.
Risk factors for bile duct obstruction include the following:
- High cholesterol
- Rapid weight loss
- Recent surgery
- A history of gallstones
If you feel you are at risk of developing a bile duct obstruction, learn more about they symptoms you may experience and how to prevent the condition.