The signs and symptoms help in the diagnosis of any particular disease. The symptoms entirely depend upon the location of tumor. The common symptoms of bile duct cancer include abnormalities in liver functioning, jaundice, abdominal pain, itching, weight loss, fever, color changes in faeces or urine. The patients with cholangiocarcinoma undergo blood tests of liver function that display an obstructive image showing high bilirubin content, alkaline phosphatase and gamma-glutamyl transferase levels, and relatively normal transaminase levels.
Signs and Symptoms of Bile Duct Cancer
The following are the most common physical Symptoms of Bile Ducts Cancer 1:
- Tests of liver function that are abnormal.
- Jaundice is a type of jaundice that occurs (yellowing of the eyes and skin when the tumour blocks bile ducts).
- Pain in the abdomen (30%–50%).
- Itching is widespread (66%).
- Weight loss of 30%–50% is possible.
- It’s a fever (up to 20%).
- Color changes in the faeces or urine.
The Symptoms of Bile Ducts Cancer vary depending on where the tumour is located: patients with cholangiocarcinoma in the extrahepatic bile ducts (outside the liver) are more prone to experience jaundice. Those with bile duct tumours in the liver, on the other hand, frequently experience discomfort without jaundice.
In persons with cholangiocarcinoma, blood tests of liver function frequently display an “obstructive image,” with high bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase, and gamma-glutamyl transferase levels and relatively normal transaminase levels. The fundamental cause of jaundice, rather than inflammation or infection of the liver parenchyma, appears to be obstruction of the bile ducts.
- 1.Cha JM. Early bile duct cancer. WJG. Published online 2007:3409. doi:10.3748/wjg.v13.i25.3409