About the book
The bile duct is the part of the biliary system transporting bile from the intrahepatic biliary canaliculi in the liver and also from the gallbladder to the duodenum. It can be affected by various diseases which include stone disease, infection, choledochoceles, bile leaks, biliary fistula, benign and malignant strictures. The bile duct is near the liver and pancreas. So many hepatic and pancreatic diseases also affect the bile duct. The bile duct is evaluated by hepatic function tests, cross-sectional imagings like magnetic resonance cholangiography, computerized tomography, trans-abdominal ultrasound or by endoscopic diagnostic and therapeutic procedures like endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, cholangioscopy and endoscopic ultrasound. Management of diseases of the bile duct requires a multi-disciplinary team which includes primary care physicians, gastroenterologists, surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists. This book will contain different chapters which will discuss not only anatomical and physiological aspects but also the current diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of different bile duct diseases.