Also known as choledocholithiasis, bile duct stones are gallstones present in the common bile duct. Bile duct stones either form in the bile duct or migrate into the bile duct from the gallbladder. When gallstones formed in the gallbladder, move out through the duct of the gall bladder they get stuck in the common bile duct resulting in blockage.
The risk factors for the development of bile duct stones are:
Lab and blood tests: A complete blood count, bilirubin, pancreatic enzymes and liver function tests are conducted.
The aim of treatment is to remove the blockage. Procedures for bile duct stones include:
Due to the placement of the organs close together, and their small size, the operation requires high levels of expertise and patience. We have conducted several challenging bile duct surgeries successfully.Authored by Dr. Deepak Varma, MBBS, MS (General Surgery)
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