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Biliary Cirrhosis / Bile Duct Cancer

Cancer Types - Biliary Cirrhosis / Bile Duct Cancer

What is biliary cirrhosis?

Biliary cirrhosis is a rare form of liver cirrhosis caused by disease or defects of the bile ducts. Symptoms usually include cholestasis (accumulation of bile in the liver). There are two types of biliary cirrhosis:

What is bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma)?

Next to gallstones, cancer is the most common cause of bile duct obstruction. The majority of bile duct cancers develop in the part of the ducts that are outside the liver and are sometimes referred to as extrahepatic tumors. Most bile duct cancers are adenocarcinomas, which means they develop from the glandular cells of the bile duct.

What are the symptoms of bile duct cancer?

The following are the most common symptoms of bile duct cancer. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

The symptoms of bile duct cancer may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.

How is bile duct cancer diagnosed?

In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for bile duct cancer may include the following:

What is the treatment for bile duct cancer?

Specific treatment for bile duct cancer will be determined by your doctor based on:

Treatment may include:

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