bile ducts, extrahepaticmedical dictionary

Passages external to the liver for the conveyance of bile. These include the common bile duct and the common hepatic duct (hepatic duct, common).

(12 Dec 1998)

bile ducts, intrahepaticmedical dictionary

Passages within the liver for the conveyance of bile. Includes right and left hepatic ducts even though these may join outside the liver to form the common hepatic duct.

(12 Dec 1998)

bile duct stricturemedical dictionary

<surgery> An abnormal narrowing of the common bile duct. A potential cause for biliary obstruction. Risk factors are prior surgery, pancreatitis, trauma and gallstones.

Symptoms include jaundice, fever, chills and abdominal pain. Endoscopic surgery has been successful in removing strictures of the bile duct.

(27 Sep 1997)