biliary obstructionmedical dictionary

<gastroenterology, surgery> A blockage of the bile ducts can occur by a stone, tumour, pancreas (pancreatic tumour or swelling), bile duct inflammation, bile duct cysts, trauma, bile duct stricture or enlarged lymph nodes in the area.

When bile duct obstruction occurs, bile accumulates in the liver and jaundice develops due to the accumulation of bilirubin in the bloodstream.

(27 Sep 1997)