Cholangiocarcinoma is the growth of cancer cells in the bile duct. The bile duct are a number of branching tubes that carry bile from the liver to the gall bladder and small intestine. Bile is a fluid that helps digest food and eliminate waste from the body.
Cholangiocarcinomas can be divided by their location:
- Intrahepatic—develops in the bile duct branches that are located in the liver
- Perihilar—develops at the point where the branches of the bile duct join and leave the liver (most common form)
- Distal—develops in the area of the bile duct that is closer to the small intestine
Common Bile Duct
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Last reviewedDecember 2012by Igor Puzanov, MD
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