Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cancer of the Bile Duct Anatomy

To better understand cholangiocarcinoma, it helps to understand the anatomy of the gallbladder and biliary tract.

The gallbladder is located in the upper right-hand portion of the abdomen. It is just under the ribcage. This hollow organ acts as a storage site for bile that is made in the liver. Bile flows into the upper intestine to aid digestion via a tube called the common bile duct.

Anatomy examples:

  • Location of the liver in the abdomen
  • Location of the gallbladder in the abdomen
  • Gallbladder and bile ducts
  • Liver

Last Updated: Nov 3, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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