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How can bile duct disease or damage cause cirrhosis?

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Bile ducts are small tubes that carry bile (a fluid that aids digestion) from your liver to your small intestine. If these ducts get blocked because of disease or injury, the bile backs up into the liver and can cause cirrhosis.

Gallstones and cystic fibrosis are two conditions that can lead to bile duct damage.

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation: “Cirrhosis.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Viral Hepatitis.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Cirrhosis.”

CDC: “What is Viral Hepatitis?”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Hepatitis D.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 20, 2019

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation: “Cirrhosis.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Viral Hepatitis.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Cirrhosis.”

CDC: “What is Viral Hepatitis?”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Hepatitis D.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 20, 2019

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