What Does an Enlarged Bile Duct Mean for Your Health?

If the cause of an enlarged bile duct is an obstructive blockage, it can result in health symptoms such as yellowing of the skin or eyes, itching, fatigue, weight loss, and fever or night sweats. It can also cause abdominal pain, light brown urine, a reduced appetite and clay-colored stools, according to Drugs.com.

Cholecystitis is the medical term for inflammation of the gall bladder and bile duct. A gallstone blockage causes most cases of this condition in the bile duct, explains Mayo Clinic. Additional causes are tumors and other bile duct diseases. If the proper treatment isn’t applied, cholecystitis can cause a gallbladder infection, death of gallbladder tissue or a torn gallbladder.

Gallbladder infections happens when the bile buildup becomes infected. When gallbladder tissue dies, it can create a tear in the gallbladder, causing it to burst, warns Mayo Clinic.

Health factors that contribute to an increased risk for cholecystitis include a history of gallstones, chronic pancreatitis, obesity and rapid weight loss. Other contributing factors are a history of tumors on the right side of the abdomen and an injury to the right side of the abdomen, notes Healthline. Also, women are more susceptible to a biliary obstruction caused by gallstones.