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  • Alternative Names

    Gallstone in the bile duct; Bile duct stone


    The goal of treatment is to relieve the blockage.

    Treatment may involve:

    • Surgery to remove the gallbladder and stones
    • ERCP and a procedure called a sphincterotomy, which makes a surgical cut into the muscle in the common bile duct

    Support Groups

    Expectations (prognosis)

    Blockage and infection caused by stones in the biliary tract can be life threatening. However, with prompt diagnosis and treatment, the outcome is usually very good.

    • Biliary cirrhosis
    • Cholangitis
    • Pancreatitis

    Calling your health care provider

    Call for an appointment with your health care provider if abdominal pain with or without fever develops that is not attributable to other causes, if jaundice develops, or if other symptoms suggestive of choledocholithiasis occur.