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1. What causes stone in bile duct?
There are three main causes of gallstones:
-Bile carries too much cholesterol— Also called cholesterol gallstones, they seem to be yellow.
-Bile contains excess bilirubin— conditions like liver cirrhosis, biliary tract infections, and some blood disorders can play a part in the formation of gallstones.
-The gallbladder does not empty properly.
2. Is a stone in the bile duct serious?
Some gallstones pass or sort out on their own. In severe cases, gallstones can cause serious health issues, including pancreatitis.
3. What is the procedure called for removal of bile duct?
Bile duct stones or cholesterol stones treatment involves a procedure called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).
4. Which is the best treatment for bile duct stones removal?
Currently, ERCP and laparoscopic cholecystectomy are the best surgical treatments for bile duct stone removal.
5. Can gallbladder stones be removed without removing gallbladder?
Yes. The best treatment for gallstones without removing the gallbladder is called Endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP).
However, at times the residual stones may remain in the gallbladder. In such cases, surgical intervention may be required.