Brisbane Biliary Disease Specialist
The biliary tree is the medical term for the gallbladder and the ducts (tubes) that lead from the gallbladder & liver down to the small intestine. These tubes carry Bile, which is produced in the liver, and concentrated in the gallbladder. The gallbladder is tucked up underneath the liver, and is located in the right upper quarter of the abdomen. Bile is a complex mixture that aids the body in digesting foods, especially fat.
Like most organ systems in the body, the biliary tree can also be affected by inflammation & infection, and by benign & cancerous growths. Biliary diseases can cause pain in the right upper corner of the abdomen, and cause jaundice, (yellow tinged skin & eyes, and pigment changes in the stool and urine), by a disruption to the normal drainage of bile. Gallstones are another common biliary disease which can range from being completely asymptomatic to causing severe pain, jaundice, pancreatitis and infection.
Biliary diseases are diagnosed through a comprehensive history, physical examination, imaging tests (e.g. CT scans), and advanced endoscopic procedures (e.g. ERCP).
Treatments of biliary disease can include, diet & lifestyle changes, specific medications, advanced endoscopic procedures and surgery
Brisbane based gastroenterologist Dr Nanda has particular expertise and fellowship training in the assessment and management of pancreatic disease. Call the number at the top of this page today to arrange an appointment, or fill in the short form on our contact page.