Choledochal cysts can lead to obstruction in bile flow. Symptoms usually occur early in life. Infants may present with jaundice (yellow discoloration of skin and sclera) and enlarged liver. If the symptoms were undetected, damage to the liver will occur, which eventually may lead to cirrhosis of the liver. Adult may present with recurrent episodes of upper abdominal pain, jaundice and cholangitis (bacterial infection of the bile duct). Pancreatitis may also occur. Choledochal cysts also increase the risk of cancer of bile duct.
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