Inflammation of the bile ducts, which carry bile from the liver to the gall bladder and thence to the duodenum. Such inflammation is always the result of a temporary and partial blockage of the bile duct, by a gallstone, a (tissue) stricture or a tumour, and results in attacks of pain (colic) and fever with cold shivers. Restriction of bile flow causes jaundice, through accumulation of bilirubin in the body; excess acid gall salts cause itching. Long-term blockage of the bile ducts can lead to liver complications, particularly cirrhosis of the liver, and life-threatening blood poisoning can also occur. Treatment is by surgery to remove the obstruction.

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share On Google Plus