Pancreas and Bile Duct Disease

Pancreas and Bile Duct Disease In Chicago, IL

The pancreas produces enzymes critical to breaking down the foods you eat, including carbohydrates and fats. The bile ducts carry fluid which helps break down fats in the digestive system. When problems occur with the pancreas or bile ducts, digestion may be affected, causing a wide variety of illnesses and conditions, and a decline in your overall health.

Pancreas and Bile Duct Conditions and Diseases

A gastroenterologist is an expert at diagnosis and treatment of these conditions and diseases affecting the pancreas and bile ducts:

  • Pancreatitis–swelling and inflammation of the pancreas
  • Cancer of the pancreas
  • Gall stones–hardened deposits of digestive enzymes and fluid
  • Cholecystitis–swelling and inflammation of the gallbladder
  • Cholangitis–inflammation of the bile duct system

What Causes Pancreatic and Bile Duct Disorders

There are a few causes of pancreatic and bile duct conditions, including:

  • Gallstones, which can block both the bile and pancreatic ducts, resulting in inflammation and infection
  • Trauma to the abdomen, causing damage to the pancreas and bile ducts
  • Infection, resulting in inflammation and soft tissue damage
  • Alcoholism, resulting in inflammation of the pancreas and liver, leading to scarring (cirrhosis)

How a Gastroenterologist Treats Pancreas and Bile Duct Diseases

A gastroenterologist may order lab tests and imaging studies to diagnose pancreatic and bile duct conditions. Ultrasound is a common type of imaging used in diagnosis. Treatment depends on the cause and extent of the condition. Types of treatment include:

  • Medication therapy, to reduce inflammation and eliminate infection
  • Surgery, to remove blockages or repair traumatized tissue
  • Lifestyle modification, to reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption, and increase nutrient intake to achieve a healthy diet and weight

To learn more about pancreas and bile duct disease signs, symptoms, and treatment, call the gastroenterologists at Summit Digestive & Liver Disease Specialists. They have several locations in the Chicago area including Lincoln Park, South Loop, Ravenswood, and Humboldt Park, and can be reached by calling (630) 889-9889, so call now.