Common bile duct stone

History

73 y/o woman with an incidental finding during a workup for hematuria.

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Common bile duct stones can occur when a stone in the gall bladder passes through the cystic duct and tries to pass through the common bile duct. They can also form in situ within the bile ducts and so may be seen after surgical removal of the gall bladder.

Small stones in the common duct can be removed endoscopically with a sphincterotomy or percutaneously with a basket and/or ballon. Large ones may require lithotripsy or surgical removal.


September 25, 2003 Back to index