Bile Duct Stones
What are bile duct stones?
Gallstones that move out of the gallbladder can pass into your stomach. However, a stone may become lodged in your bile duct due to the size of the stone or the anatomy of the biliary tree. Bile duct stones are gallbladder stones that have become lodged in the bile duct. Stones that become stuck in the ducts that lead to the duodenum can be both agonizing and dangerous.
- inherited body chemistry
- body weight
- gallbladder movement (the gallbladder is a muscular sack that contracts)
- diet and lifestyle
Who is at risk?
- Women, ages 20 – 60
- Men and women, ages 60+
- Men and women who are overweight
- Men and women who do diets or who lose of lot of weight quickly
- Pregnant women, or women who have used birth control pills
What are the symptoms ?
- Acute pain
- Pain would be usually behind breastbone, but may occur in the upper right abdominal area
- Pain between your shoulder-blades is another symptom of gallstones
- Chills and fever
- Nausea and vomiting