Pancreas, Bile Duct and Gallbladder: Diagnosis, Treatment and Support

The pancreas, bile duct and gallbladder all play important roles in delivering enzymes to the digestive tract to help our bodies digest food. When these organs become infected or diseased, patients can suffer symptoms including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaundice (yellow eyes) and dark urine
  • Itchy skin, or pruritus

Our multidisciplinary Biliary and Pancreas Group (BPG) treats common and complex disorders of the pancreas and related organs, including:

Bile duct and gallbladder disorders

  • Stones in the bile duct (choledocholithiasis) or gallbladder (cholelithiasis)
  • Infection of the bile duct (cholangitis)
  • Cancer of the bile duct or gallbladder
  • Indeterminate biliary stricture, a narrowing or obstruction of the bile duct
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), scars caused by inflammation of the bile duct that could lead to liver damage
  • Cyst in the bile duct (choledochocele)
  • Bile duct muscle dysfunction (Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction), causing abdominal pain
  • Biliary dyskinesia, a condition in which the gallbladder can’t release bile into the small intestine

Pancreas disorders

  • Inflammation of the pancreas (acute or chronic pancreatitis)
  • Pancreatic necrosis, a serious infection related to acute pancreatitis
  • Cyst, mass, or tumor in the pancreas or in the ampulla of Vater, an area where the bile duct and pancreatic duct join

Diagnosis and Treatment

Learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of the  pancreas, bile duct and gallbladder.