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Biliary tract disease linked to polycystic kidney disease

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A group of researchers from Oxford Kidney Unit and the University of Oxford has produced the first analysis of whether there is a link between autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) and serious biliary tree disease.

The biliary tree refers to parts of the liver, the gallbladder and bile ducts which make, store and secrete bile. Bile has two functions - it helps to absorb fats and oils from our food and it also helps the body excrete some metabolic waste products.

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