Bile Duct Problems | Symptoms Of Bile Duct Problems

Question: Bile Duct Problems, Bile Duct Problems Symptoms, Common Bile Duct Problems.

Bile Duct Problems

Answer: Bile duct is a small passage that carries bile from gall bladder and liver to the small intestine.

Bile duct problems start when the flow of bile from the liver and the gall bladder is obstructed. The reason for this can be impacted small gall stone in the bile duct, this is an emergency situation and patient has to be hospitalized for its treatment.

Common Bile Duct Problems

Common bile duct problems: cancer of head of pancreas in its later stage obstructs the bile duct, giving rise to jaundice.

The out come of this disease is unfavorable.

Symptoms Of Bile Duct Problems

  • Jaundice: Due to obstruction in the bile duct, there is accumulation of bile, leading to accumulation of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is a component of bile. Bilirubin gives yellow tinge. When bilirubin level increases in blood the skin, nails, sclera of the eyes and other mucus membrane become yellow. This is referred to as jaundice.
  • Urine becomes dark yellow.
  • Stool color becomes clay white as there is blockage in the bile duct.
  • Intense itching occurs as a result of deposition of bilirubin in the tissues.
  • Impaction of stone in common bile duct can cause intense pain in the abdomen. It can be confirmed with sonography of abdomen. Emergency medical care is required in such cases.


  1. Bama said:

    In April 2004, my gall bladder was removed. I am now experiencing bad pain in my upper right side of abdomen. Pain radiates to the back and right upper side. Blood tests result show AST 51 and count 131. Ultrasound suggests fatty places in liver otherwise normal. I am also experiencing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea at times. I also feel weak and cannot sleep well. I also wonder if something is wrong with my pancreas. But ultrasound revealed it is normal.

    May 14, 2015
    • PUP said:

      You have to rule out kidney stones in right kidney. There may be some infection in intestine such as amebiasis. You have to rule out with tests such as stool and urine examination. If you are obese, try to reduce weight. Eat more vegetables and fruits. Avoid alcoholic drinks if you are drinking. Avoid oily and spicy food. Exercise daily.

      May 17, 2015
  2. Darlene said:

    I had undergone liver transplant in 2013 and in 2017 the bile duct became obstructed and a trip the hospital to have the endoscopy and CSRP performed. A stent needed to be inserted to open up the bile duct. I need to return every 8 weeks to have a larger one put in so the bile can flow freely. My stomach is swollen and I feel full all the time now. There is little pain on the right hand side below my rib cage. I am wondering if it is all because the procedure was done only three days ago, which is causing the soreness and swelling.

    June 13, 2017
  3. Jackie said:

    I have had C. Diff infection since August now I have an enlarged bile duct. Should I continue skiing or activities like that. I have much pain in right side with chronic diarrhea and vomiting. I have lost 20 lbs and don’t sleep much. They tell me that C. Diff infection is not present at this time. I had to take 3 antibiotics to rid myself of the infection. This is not the first time.

    January 7, 2018

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