I am currently struggling with an obstruction in my bile duct. I am not doing this alone of course, and am receiving advice and treatment from very fine physicians and surgeons.
My thanks to the many friends and colleagues who have expressed concern for me and my health. To keep you all up to date I thought I would use my blog to post some updates on my progress. I will try to keep up to date but please understand I may not always be capable of doing so.
The story so far. I started feeling a little unwell just before Christmas. While on leave in Tasmania I lost my appetite and noticed my urine was getting dark and my stools pale. I became jaundiced. Immediately on arrival back in Melbourne I sought treatment and was admitted to hospital.
The first investigation was an ultrasound which showed some dilation of the duct but did not clearly show the cause. Neither did a CT scan. MRI imaging showed an obstruction in the duct upstream of the gall bladder - but not a lot of detail is visible.
At this point I was advised that surgery would be necessary and that due to the location this would not be trivial.
My surgeon has ordered another test - an endoscopic ultrasound and needle biopsy.This is a relatively new procedure that uses an endoscope with an ultrasound emitter/receiver that will be able to image the bile duct area from inside my duodenum, and also take a tissue sample with a needle.
I am having this procedure on Monday the 21st and will discuss results of pathology with the surgeon on the 22nd. At this stage I expect to be in surgery mid to late next week. I will post an update if I can with the results of the pathology tests.
That's it for now.