The pancreas sits behind the stomach and contains cells that break down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Your biliary tract includes the liver, bile ducts, and gallbladder, which work together to produce, secrete, and store the bile that is used in digestion. Problems in either of these two areas can result in severe digestive problems that in some cases could even result in more serious health problems.
Biliary & Pancreatic Disorders
What Is Celiac Disease?
Pancreatic conditions are those that affect the pancreas and can include acute pancreatitis and chronic pancreatitis. Biliary disorders are ones related to the gallbladder and bile ducts. A few of these are gall stones, biliary colic, biliary tract cysts, or jaundice. In addition to causing digestive problems they may also result in a great deal of pain and discomfort. Those with a biliary or pancreatic disorder may even have a hard time absorbing nutrients from the food they eat.
What Are The Common Symptoms?
If you are experiencing a biliary or pancreatic disorder, you may notice pain in the upper abdominal region that wraps around your body and reaches your middle back. A few other symptoms include:
- Diarrhea, which may also contain fatty deposits
- Jaundice, or yellowing of the whites of the eye and skin
- Pale or bloody stools
- Abdominal swelling
- Unexplained weight loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Excessive gas
- Frequent or recurring hiccups
How Is It Treated?
Physicians will first need to perform a series of tests in order to determine the exact problem and check for organ damage. This can be anything from minor blood work to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). In many cases, minor surgery options such as Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) can remove or eliminate obstructions in the gallbladder or bile ducts. In other cases, more invasive procedures may be needed to remove the gallbladder, eliminate cancerous tumors, or drain the pancreatic ducts.