A biliary obstruction is a blockage of the bile ducts.

A cholecystectomy is the removal of the gallbladder if there are gallstones.

An ERCP may be sufficient to remove small stones from the common bile duct or to place a stent inside the duct to restore bile flow.

Ultrasonography is usually the first test performed on anyone suspected of a biliary obstruction.

It allows your doctor to see the gallstones easily.

Other risk factors include: Various tests are available for people who may have a biliary obstruction.

Based on the cause of the obstruction, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests.

A hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid scan, or HIDA scan, is also referred to as a biliary radionuclide scan.

It uses radioactive material to provide valuable information about the gallbladder and any possible obstructions. An MRI scan provides detailed pictures of the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and bile ducts.

The primary objective of medical or surgical treatment is to alleviate the blockage.

Some of the treatment options include a cholecystectomy and an ERCP.

Many of the conditions related to biliary obstructions can be treated successfully.