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Pediatric Choledochal Cysts

Dallas

214-456-6040
Fax: 214-456-6320
Suite F5200

Plano

469-497-2501
Fax: 469-497-2507
Suite P1100

Park Cities

469-488-7000
Fax: 469-488-7001
Suite 106

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What are Pediatric Choledochal Cysts?

Bile, made by the liver, to assist with the digestion of fatty foods, drains through the bile ducts past the gallbladder and into the intestine. These bile ducts are normally quite small.  A bile duct that is found to be much larger than normal or abnormally shaped may be a choledochal cyst. 

A grossly enlarged or misshapen choledochal cyst can create problems:

  • Drain poorly causing inflammation in the liver with permanent damage
  • Cause pain when it fills with bile
  • Collect infected bile
  • Lead to a higher likelihood of developing bile duct cancer later in life

How are Pediatric Choledochal Cysts treated?

Once a choledochal cyst is identified, an operation is required to remove it. Once removed, the choledochal cyst is then replaced with intestine so that bile can still drain from the liver into the intestine.

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