How is biliary obstruction prevented?

Updated: Oct 16, 2019
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Bonheur, MD; Chief Editor: Vinay Kumar Kapoor, MBBS, MS, FRCS, FAMS  more...
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Awareness of the risk factors and clinical signs/symptoms of biliary obstruction is key to the prompt diagnosis and treatment of biliary obstruction, with the hope of preventing the potential complications it may cause.

In patients with risk factors for developing any of the conditions that lead to biliary obstruction, awareness of the signs and symptoms can improve chances for early diagnosis and improved outcome.

Gallstones are the most common cause of biliary obstruction. Estrogens cause an increase in the risk for formation of gallstones and may need to be avoided in patients with known gallstones or a strong family history of stone disease.

For patient education resources, see Digestive Disorders Center and Cholesterol Center, as well as Gallstones and Cirrhosis.

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