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Old 12-03-2011, 10:18 PM   #1
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Question My husband has an enlarged common bile duct... what could be the cause?

My husband is a 42yr old white male. He has been suffering with SEVERE stomach pain. He went to the ER last Wednesday evening, and he is STILL in the hospital. The doctor thought that his galbladder needed to be removed. They ended up concluding that he had an enlarged common bile duct. They did an ERCP and found that his common bile duct is SEVERLY enlarged. He has been on Methadone for several years. The doctor seams to think that the methadone is the cause for his enlarged common bile duct, but he isn't sure. We honestly have never heard that a side effect of methadone is an enlarged common bile duct. He is scheduled to have his galbladder removed tomarrow, but the doctor doesn't seam to think this will help. I'm so worried about him. I've researched the internet and can find no link to methadone and an enlarged commone bile duct.... has anyone else herd of this before? What would cause an enlarged common bile duct? If anyone out there knows the answer to these questions, please let me know. I'm totally freaking out.... Thank you.

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Old 12-04-2011, 08:28 AM   #2
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Re: My husband has an enlarged common bile duct...what could be the cause?

Generally it's due to passing a gallstone. That's probably what happened to cause all the pain. And the stone was gone by the time they did the tests.

Old 02-28-2012, 08:59 AM   #3
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Re: My husband has an enlarged common bile duct...what could be the cause?

Thank you for your response. Although your answer to my question about my husband's enlarged common bile duct makes sence, unfortunatly, the gallstone wasn't the problem. He was hosptalized the 1st of December 2011 to have his galbladder removed. He was in the hospital for over 5days. Upon removing the galbladder, they THEN discoverd that his common bile duct is enlarged 4x's the normal size. They did the ERCP to clean out whatever "sludge" or stones may have been in the enlarged common bile duct, but we are comming upon the end of Feb. & he is STILL in INTENSE, MASSIVE pain. The GI doctor who has been seeing my husband believes that the Methadone he has been on over the past several years is the cause, but I have found NO studies or link to Methadone & an enlarged common bile duct. Now, my husband IS positive for hep-c, but the doctor doesn't believe that this would cause the common bile duct to enlarge. Unfortunatly, the doctor refuses to prescribe ANY medications to my husband because he is on the Methadone. He wont even prescribe non-narcotic meds to ease the constant spasms he struggles with hourly. If there are ANY suggestions you can make to help us, your efforts would be most graciously appriciated. We are considering seeking out another GI specialist for a 2nd opinion. He has NO quality of life at all in the least bit, & suffers constantly from the pain & total discomfort. Thanks again....(Freaking out)

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