Bile duct complications
Bile ducts are small ‘drainage pipes’ that carry bile out of the liver
- Around 15-20 in 100 patients develop bile duct complications after a liver transplant
- This is usually a leak or narrowing of the bile ducts
- Sometimes there is a more serious condition called ischaemic cholangiopathy
- If you develop ischaemic cholangiopathy, you may need a second liver transplant
Answers to common questions about bile duct complications
Medical terms explained
During a liver transplant, the main bile duct coming out of the donated liver is joined with your main bile duct. Sometimes, this it no possible. In these cases, a loop of small intestine is joined to the main donor bile duct to allow bile to drain. This is called hepaticojejunostomy.
Damage to one or more bile ducts caused by a lack of blood supply to the ducts.