Dilated Common Bile Duct - still seeking DX

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Dilated Common Bile Duct - still seeking DX

by KatherineD on Mon Jul 17, 2017 08:40 PM

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I went in to my internist 1-2 weeks ago, for other reasons, and mentioned I had early fullness when I ate and recent weight loss. He was very proactive and ordered ultrasound scans of pelvis and abdomen, and a lung X-ray. I am 61 yrs. Ultrasound Sound came back showing all was well except - common bile duct in pancreas area was dilated 1cm (10mm), past normal parameters. CT scan with contrast ordered. Results confirmed same dialated common bile duct at 10mm, but no signs of gallstones, gall bladder disease or tumors. I am now set up for MRCP (MRI with contrast of pancreas) on Friday. Dr. Says this level of dilation must be explained. Perhaps I passed gallstones and didn't know? Perhaps something else? I am reading that bile duct cancer often does not show up on scans. Would sure like to hear others' experiences. Not sure how hard to push ahead & whether to see an expert yet for an opinion. My Internist has only seen dilation like this in cancer or with active gallstones. Thanks!

RE: Dilated Common Bile Duct - still seeking DX

by katos on Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:48 AM

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Hi, I am a bile duct cancer survivor.   you must take care of this.  The ercp will show if it is cancer.  If you catch it early you will survive. I had a whipple  and have been cancer free since 2010.  Its not easy but it is survivable.  Go to the best doctor you can find who has done the most whipples.  God bless.

 

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