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What is Choledocholithiasis?

Description of the disease

Choledocholithiasis is a condition in which stones form in the bile duct. This can lead to impaired bile flow and cause various complications.


  • Simple choledocholithiasis – formation of stones in the common bile duct.
  • Complex choledocholithiasis – stones that pass through the bile ducts and cause blockage.


Symptoms may include pain in the upper right quadrant, nausea, vomiting, jaundice, itching, and other signs of liver dysfunction.


The reasons for the formation of stones in the bile duct may be related to metabolic disorders, inflammatory processes in the biliary tract, genetic factors, and other conditions.


Ultrasound, CT, MRI, and other imaging methods may be used to diagnose choledocholithiasis.


Treatment may include conservative methods such as medications, and surgical removal of stones, especially in case of complications.


Prevention of choledocholithiasis involves balanced nutrition, physical activity, avoiding excessive alcohol consumption and fatty foods.


Gastroenterologist or surgeon treats choledocholithiasis.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.