The ampulla of Vater is the junction where the bile duct and the pancreatic duct meet in the upper portion of the small intestine (duodenum). Cancer of this junction, called ampullary cancer, is rare, while ampullary lesions are common.
Specialists at the Center for Advanced Digestive Care (CADC) at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center are very experienced in diagnosing and treating ampullary lesions and cancers. Gastrointestinal specialists in endoscopy, radiology, and surgery work together as an interdisciplinary team to provide each patient with coordinated, advanced, and individualized care. Please contact our Advanced Interventional Endoscopy team to discuss your case.
What symptoms are associated with ampullary disorders?
- Weight loss
- Itchy skin
- Abdominal pain
How are these lesions diagnosed and treated?
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
- Probe-based confocal endomicroscopy (laser to diagnose cancerous lesions)
- Snare biopsy and resection
- Endoscopic mucosal resection