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What causes bile duct cancer?

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Inflammation over a long period of time can make you more likely to get this cancer. Some conditions that can bring this on include:

  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis (inflammation of the bile duct)
  • Bile duct stones (similar to gallstones, but much smaller)
  • Choledochal cysts (changes to cells in the linings of bile-filled sacs that connect to the bile duct)
  • Liver fluke infections
  • Reflux
  • Cirrhosis

From: Cholangiocarcinoma (Bile Duct Cancer) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma),” “What is bile duct cancer?” “Signs and symptoms of bile duct cancer,” “How is bile duct cancer diagnosed?” “What should you ask your doctor about bile duct cancer?” “Surgery for bile duct cancer.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma).”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Can I Survive Bile Duct Cancer? What Is My Prognosis?”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 9, 2020

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma),” “What is bile duct cancer?” “Signs and symptoms of bile duct cancer,” “How is bile duct cancer diagnosed?” “What should you ask your doctor about bile duct cancer?” “Surgery for bile duct cancer.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma).”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Can I Survive Bile Duct Cancer? What Is My Prognosis?”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 9, 2020

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