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Cancer of the Bile Duct Evaluation
- Abdominal tenderness in the right-upper quadrant of the abdomen.
- Jaundice may be present if there is blockage of the bile duct.
- Unintentional weight loss
Testing is usually required to confirm the diagnosis of cholangiocarcinoma and determine the severity of the illness.
Tests that may be used to evaluate cholangiocarcinoma include:
- Serum amylase
- Serum lipase
- Serum bilirubin
- Complete blood count
- Liver profile
- Kidney profile
- Blood cultures
Imaging tests that may be used to evaluate cholangiocarcinoma include:
- Abdominal x-rays
- Ultrasound of the abdomen
- CT scanning of the abdomen
- CT scan directed biopsy
- MRI scan of the abdomen
- Nuclear scanning of the gallbladder (HIDA scan)
- Can be used to identify the tumor and obtain a biopsy
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PubMed Cancer of the Bile Duct References
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- Lazaridis KN, Gores GJ. Cholangiocarcinoma. Gastroenterology. 2005 May;128(6):1655-67. 
- Thongprasert S. The role of chemotherapy in cholangiocarcinoma. Ann Oncol. 2005;16 Suppl 2:ii93-6.