Bile, which is synthesized in the liver, is carried to the right and left hepatic ducts, which converge to form the common hepatic duct. There, it can either enter the superior end of the common bile duct and empty into the duodenum, or enter the cystic duct to be stored in the gallbladder. digestive system diagram showing bile duct location from public domain source http://www. ... Bile (or gall) is a bitter, greenish-yellow alkaline fluid secreted by the liver of most vertebrates. ... The common hepatic duct is the duct formed by the junction of the right hepatic duct (which drains bile from the right functional lobe of the liver) and the left hepatic duct (which drains bile from the left functional lobe of the liver). ...
The inferior end of the common bile duct merges with the large pancreatic duct ("duct of Wirsung") from the pancreas, into the duodenal ampulla. There, the two ducts are surrounded by the muscular hepatopancreatic sphincter (sphincter of Oddi) which if contracted, prevents bile from entering the small intestine. Bile (or gall) is a bitter, greenish-yellow alkaline fluid secreted by the liver of most vertebrates. ...
Bile, required for the digestion of food, is excreted by the liver into passages that carry bile toward the hepatic duct, which joins with the cystic duct (carrying bile to and from the gallbladder) to form the commonbileduct, which opens into the intestine.
Blockage of the bileduct by a cancer or scarring from injury prevents the bile from being transported to the intestine and the bile accumulates in the blood.
Jaundice is commonly caused by conditions such as pancreatic cancer, which causes blockage of the bileduct passing through the cancerous portion of the pancreas; cholangiocarcinoma, cancer of the commonbileduct; blockage by a stone in patients with gallstones; and from scarring after injury to the bileduct during gallbladder removal.
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