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    What is choledocholithiasis?

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    Dr Leon Fisher


    I am a consultant gastroenterologist with a special interest in all aspects of endoscopy including Bowel Cancer Screening, Gastroscopy, Colonoscopy, ERCP, Endoscopic stent insertions, removal … View Profile

    Choledocholithiasis refers to gallstones in the bile duct. Most stones form in the gallbladder, but some migrate into the bile duct or can form in the duct itself in certain conditions. Bile duct is a pipe connecting the liver and the small bowel. Stones in the bile duct can cause obstruction and therefore jaundice, infection (cholangitis), pain, nausea. These stones can be removed by performing an endoscopic procedure called ERCP.

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