extrahepatic bile duct cancer

Pronunciation: (EK-struh-heh-PA-tik bile dukt KAN-ser)

A rare cancer that forms in the bile ducts outside the liver. A bile duct is a tube that carries bile (fluid made by the liver) between the liver and gallbladder and the small intestine. Cancer that forms in the area where the right and left bile ducts meet outside the liver is called Klatskin tumor. It is the most common type of bile duct cancer.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

Anatomy of the extrahepatic bile ducts. Extrahepatic bile ducts are small tubes that carry bile outside of the liver. They are made up of the common hepatic duct (hilum region) and the common bile duct (distal region). Bile is made in the liver and flows through the common hepatic duct and the cystic duct to the gallbladder, where it is stored. Bile is released from the gallbladder when food is being digested.Anatomía de las vías biliares extrahepáticas. Los conductos biliares extrahepáticos son tubos pequeños que llevan bilis por fuera del hígado. Están formados por el conducto hepático común (región del hilio) y el conducto colédoco (región distal). El hígado produce bilis y esta fluye a través del conducto hepático común y el conducto cístico hasta la vesícula biliar, donde se almacena. La vesícula biliar libera la bilis cuando se digieren alimentos.2007-01-16 Date last modified: 2015-06-12Liver and Bile Duct Cancer Cáncer de hígado y de conducto biliar