Papilla, cancer of
Cancer of a structure called the papilla or ampulla of Vater, a small muscle located at the junction where the common bile duct (carrying bile from the liver and secretions from the pancreas) empties into the duodenum (upper small intestine). Because of its location, this cancer can cause obstruction of the common bile duct and prevent bile from flowing into the intestine and out of the body. The chemicals usually eliminated from the body in bile -— in particular, bilirubin — accumulate in the blood and cause jaundice (yellow skin and eyes) and itching. The stool becomes light-colored and the urine dark-colored since the accumulating bilirubin (which is yellow to dark brown) is eliminated in the urine instead of the stool. The treatment is surgical removal of the cancer. There is no effective chemotherapy for ampullary cancer.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Cancer, papillary — Cancer of a structure called the papilla or ampulla of Vater, a small muscle located at the junction where the common bile duct (carrying bile from the liver and secretions from the pancreas) empties into the duodenum (upper small intestine).… …   Medical dictionary

  • Papilla — The term papilla (plural: papillae) generally means a nipple like structure, and may refer to: Mammary papilla, or nipple Amphibian papilla and basal papilla, part of the inner ear of the frog. Interdental papilla, part of the gingiva between… …   Wikipedia

  • Oropharyngeal cancer — Head and neck. Pharynx …   Wikipedia

  • Pancreatic cancer — is a malignant tumor of the pancreas. Each year about 37,680 individuals in the United States are diagnosed with this condition, and 34,290 die from the disease. In Europe more than 60,000 are diagnosed each year. Depending on the extent of the… …   Wikipedia

  • endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography — ERCP. A procedure that uses an endoscope to examine and x ray the pancreatic duct, hepatic duct, common bile duct, duodenal papilla, and gallbladder. An endoscope is a thin, tube like instrument with a light and a lens for viewing. The endoscope… …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • ERCP — Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. A procedure that uses an endoscope to examine and x ray the pancreatic duct, hepatic duct, common bile duct, duodenal papilla, and gallbladder. An endoscope is a thin, tube like instrument with a… …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • Ampullary carcinoma — Cancer of a structure called the ampulla of Vater, a small muscle located at the junction where the common bile duct (carrying bile from the liver and secretions from the pancreas) empties into the duodenum (upper small intestine). Because of its …   Medical dictionary

  • Carcinoma, ampullary — Cancer of a structure called the ampulla of Vater, a small muscle located at the junction where the common bile duct (carrying bile from the liver and secretions from the pancreas) empties into the duodenum (upper small intestine). Because of its …   Medical dictionary

  • Pankreastumor — Pankreastumoren sind Tumoren der Bauchspeicheldrüse (Pankreas). Wenn in einem bildgebenden Verfahren eine Auftreibung der Bauchspeicheldrüse gefunden wird, handelt es sich in den meisten Fällen um einfache Zysten oder nach Entzündungen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Human gastrointestinal tract — Alimentary canal redirects here. For animal alimentary canal in general, see Gut (anatomy). Human gastrointestinal tract (Digestive System) Stomach colon rectum diagram The human gastrointestinal tract refers to the stomach a …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”