During common bile duct exploration, a contrast agent is placed into the bile duct via a small incision. An x-ray is then taken to determine if a stone or other object is blocking bile flow.
Also Known As:
- CBD exploration
- Bile duct surgery
- Bile duct biopsy
Conditions Treated with Common Bile Duct Exploration:
Common bile duct exploration may be used in cases of gallbladder inflammation, bile duct inflammation, pancreatitis and jaundice.
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography is a non-surgical alternative to common bile duct exploration. Laparoscopic common bile duct exploration is a surgical alternative.
Anesthesia with Common Bile Duct Exploration:
Common bile duct exploration is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Common Bile Duct Exploration:
Possible risks following common bile duct exploration include infection, bleeding, bile leak and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.
Prognosis after Common Bile Duct Exploration:
The prognosis for a positive end result following common bile duct exploration is good.