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Common Bile Duct Exploration

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Common Bile Duct Exploration

What is Common Bile Duct Exploration?

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.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Common Bile Duct Exploration:

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.

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