Common Bile Duct Stones


What is it?
This is otherwise known as choledocholithiasis, when a gallstone can become lodged into the common bile duct.

What are the symptoms?
Abdominal pain, fever, jaundice, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, clay-colored stools, and dark urine.

How is it diagnosed?
Choledocholithiasis is diagnosed by various imaging studies including Abdominal US, MRCP (MRI imaging study to further assess bile ducts), and ERCP (endoscopic procedure to remove stones from bile ducts). Your medical provider will order blood work which can further assess for gallstones in the CBD.

How is it treated?
Choledocholithiasis is treated via an ERCP which is an endoscopic procedure to remove the gallstone from the common bile duct.

Are there any complications?
Complications of choledocholithiasis include acute pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) or cholangitis (inflammation of the common bile ducts).