Bile duct strictures

Bile duct strictures are narrowed areas of the bile ducts that can be either benign or malignant (cancerous). People with bile duct strictures often experience symptoms including jaundice or pain, or have abnormal blood tests. 

Bile duct strictures may be associated with active diseases or may be scarring left over from the passage of a gallstone or from a previous surgery. Sometimes the bile ducts are narrowed because they are pressed upon from the outside, such as with diseases of the liver or pancreas or some tumors.

The diagnosis of a bile duct stricture is made with ultrasound, CT or MRI scan, or endoscopic techniques such as ERCP or endoscopic ultrasound. Benign bile duct strictures can often be opened with balloons and propped in place with little tubes called stents. Occasionally, surgery is required to remove scars or cancerous tissue.

Providence Digestive Health Institute provides state-of-the-art gastroenterology services. Our board-certified gastroenterologists diagnose and treat disorders of the digestive tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, liver, gallbladder and biliary system. Providence Digestive Health Institute is part of a comprehensive program at Providence involving medical and surgical specialties.

The Advanced Endoscopy Center at Providence Digestive Health Institute diagnoses and treats diseases of the digestive tract, using state-of-the-art technologies not widely available.