Your gallbladder stores bile until you eat, then releases bile into your small intestine to help digest food. Bile ducts are small drainage "pipes" that carry bile (a mix of cholesterol, acids, salts and waste products) from the liver to the gallbladder and from the gallbladder to the small intestine. A variety of diseases can affect your bile ducts. All block the bile ducts in some way, which is why the various diseases cause similar symptoms.
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Source: ADAM Encyclopedia
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