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Glossary: extrahepatic bile duct cancer, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

extrahepatic bile duct cancer

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

A rare cancer that forms in the part of the bile duct that is outside the liver. The bile duct is the tube that collects bile from the liver and joins a duct from the gallbladder to form the common bile duct, which carries bile into the small intestine when food is being digested.

Anatomy of the extrahepatic bile duct; shows the liver, right and left hepatic ducts, common hepatic duct, extrahepatic bile duct, gallbladder, cystic duct, common bile duct, pancreatic duct, pancreas, and small intestine. The inset shows the liver, bile ducts, gallbladder, pancreas, and small intestine.

Anatomy of the extrahepatic bile duct. The extrahepatic bile duct is part of a network of small ducts in the liver that collects bile. Bile flows into the right and left hepatic ducts which join together to form the common hepatic duct. The extrahepatic bile duct is the part of the common hepatic duct that is outside the liver. Bile flows through the extrahepatic bile duct and into the cystic duct to the gallbladder where it is stored. When food is being digested, bile flows back through the cystic duct and into the common bile duct where it is released into the small intestine.



Extrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer