The function of the common bile duct is to carry bile from the liver and the gallbladder into the duodenum, the top of the small intestine directly after the stomach. The bile it carries interacts with ingested fats and ... More »

The most common cause of common biliary duct dilatation is obstruction due to gallstones, states the Radiology Assistant. Another cause of obstruction besides gallstones is stricture, or narrowing, of the common bile duc... More »

Bile duct cancer starts in the bile duct. The bile duct is a thin tube that reaches from the liver to the small intestine. There are three different types of bile duct cancer, including intrahepatic, perihilar and distal... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Cancer

The gallbladder's function is to store bile produced by the liver and release the bile into the small intestine during digestion in order to neutralize acids and break down fats. The fat in the digested food enters the s... More »

A bile duct dilates when an obstruction forms inside it and the duct has to expand to allow bile to travel among the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and small intestine. The first signs of a dilated bile duct range from abd... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

The bile duct transports bile from the gallbladder through the pancreas and into the small intestine. The bile duct joins the liver to the small intestine. The bile duct is tube-like in appearance. More » Science Human Anatomy

The gallbladder is an organ that stores and transports bile produced by the liver. The function of bile is to break down and digest fatty foods in the small intestine. Humans can live without a gallbladder since bile can... More »