What is choledocholithiasis?
Choledocholithiasis is the condition of having a gallstone (or stones) in your common bile duct. “Choledocho” is the Latin term for the common bile duct, and “lithiasis” means stones. Gallstones are pebble-like pieces of concentrated bile materials. They can develop in any place bile flows through.
What is choledocholithiasis vs. cholelithiasis?
You may have also heard the term “cholelithiasis,” which is similar. Cholelithiasis is the condition of having gallstones in your gallbladder. Gallstones may develop in your gallbladder or bile ducts, or both. A gallstone that develops in your gallbladder may also travel to your common bile duct.