Biliary disease occurs when the biliary duct system is disrupted. The biliary duct system transports bile, which is instrumental in digestion, from the liver and gallbladder to the small intestine. After we eat, the gallbladder pushes bile back into the small intestine so that our food can be digested. When that flow of bile is disrupted, usually by the blockage of a bile duct, biliary disease and other serious biliary system issues can occur.
Biliary disease can show no or very few symptoms. Some symptoms that can present when problems with the biliary duct system have developed include:
- Abdominal pain
- Yellowing of the skin (jaundice)
- Night sweats
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