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Symptoms of Bile Duct Cancer

Symptoms of Bile Duct Cancer

Symptoms of cholangiocarcinoma 

Symptoms of Bile Duct Cancer

Bile duct cancer usually does not show signs or symptoms until later in the course of the disease, but sometimes the symptoms appear earlier and lead to an early diagnosis. If cancer is diagnosed early, the treatment effect may be better. 

 When bile duct cancer causes symptoms, it is usually because a bile duct is blocked. Symptoms often depend on whether the cancer is in a duct inside the liver (intrahepatic) or outside the liver (extrahepatic), including:


 Usually, bile is produced by the liver and released into the intestine. Jaundice occurs when the liver cannot excrete bile, which contains a yellow-green chemical called bilirubin. As a result, bilirubin returns to the blood and is deposited in different parts of the body. Jaundice usually manifests as a yellowing of the white parts of the skin and eyes. 

 Jaundice is the most common symptom of cholangiocarcinoma, but most of the time, jaundice is not caused by cancer. It is most often caused by hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) or gallstones that have entered the bile duct. But whenever jaundice occurs, you should see a doctor immediately. 


 Excess bilirubin in the skin can also cause itching. Most people with cholangiocarcinoma feel itchy.

 Light-colored/greasy stool 

 Bilirubin causes the stool to be brown, so if it does not reach the intestine, the color of human stool may become lighter. 

 If cancer prevents the release of bile and pancreatic juice in the intestine, a person may not be able to digest high-fat foods. Undigested fat can also make stool abnormally pale. They may also be bulky, greasy, and floating in the toilet.

 Dark urine 

 When the level of bilirubin in the blood rises, it can also make the urine darker through the urine. 

 Abdominal (abdominal) pain

 Early-stage cholangiocarcinoma rarely causes pain, but larger tumors can cause abdominal pain, especially under the right ribs. 

 Loss of appetite/weight loss 

 Patients with cholangiocarcinoma may not feel hungry and lose weight without trying. 


 Some patients with cholangiocarcinoma will have a fever.

 Nausea and vomiting 

 These are not common symptoms of cholangiocarcinoma, but they can occur in people who have been infected due to a blocked bile duct (cholangitis). These symptoms usually appear with a fever. 

 Remember: Cholangiocarcinoma is rare. These symptoms are more likely to be caused by reasons other than cholangiocarcinoma. For example, people with gallstones have many of the same symptoms. Compared to cholangiocarcinoma, there are many common causes of abdominal pain. Also, hepatitis (inflammation of the liver most often caused by a viral infection) is a more common cause of jaundice. 

 However, if you have any of these problems, you should seek medical attention immediately so that the cause can be found and treated when necessary


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