biliary colic

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Related to biliary colic: choledocholithiasis, cholangitis, renal colic


acute paroxysmal abdominal pain. It is particularly common during the first three months of life; the infant has paroxysmal, unexplained crying and may pull up arms and legs, turn red-faced, and expel gas from the anus or belch it up from the stomach. The exact cause of infantile colic is not known but several factors may contribute to it, including excessive swallowing of air, too rapid feeding or overfeeding, parental anxiety, allergy to milk, or other feeding problems. It generally occurs at the same time of day, usually at the busiest period. The parents need sympathetic support and assurance that the condition is not serious and most infants gain weight and are healthy in spite of the colic.
biliary colic colic due to passage of gallstones along the bile duct.
gastric colic gastrodynia.
lead colic colic due to lead poisoning.
menstrual colic dysmenorrhea.
renal colic intermittent, acute pain beginning in the kidney region and radiating forward and down to the abdomen, genitalia, and legs; the usual cause is calculi in a kidney or ureter. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diaphoresis, and a desire to urinate frequently.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

bil·i·ar·y col·ic

intense spasmodic pain felt in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen from impaction of a gallstone in the cystic duct.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

bil·i·ar·y col·ic

(bil'ē-ār-ē kol'ik)
Steady, ill-defined epigastric or right upper quadrant pain generally resulting from impaction of a gallstone in the cystic duct or ampulla of Vater with resulting distention of the gallbladder or biliary tract.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

biliary colic

Severe pain caused by the attempts of the gall bladder or bile duct to overcome the obstruction of a gallstone by contraction of the muscle fibres in the wall.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Patient discussion about biliary colic

Q. what do i do with my gallbladder i'm not living a norimal life. i'm in pain every day. i cant eat the foods that i like because they make me hurt to bad. who says it will keep working at 6% what if it quits working completely them what do i do?

A. The best solution for gallbladder pain (usually because of gallbladder stones) is surgery. Removing the gallbladder is a simple surgical procedure that will solve the problem. You should see your family doctor and discuss this idea with him/her.

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Among the 66 study subjects 36.4% (n=24), were found to have positive UGI scopy findings, out of which 29.2% (n=7) had typical biliary colic and 70.8% (n=17) had atypical biliary symptoms.
Metaanalysis: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in biliary colic. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 2012; 35: 1370-1378, doi: 10.1111/ j.1365-2036.2012.05115.x.
The majority of patients in this study underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy for recurrent biliary colic and chronic symptoms which are similar to the ones reported [4, 15].
Such patients may present with abdominal pain that is clinically indistinguishable from the biliary colic. Symptomatic intestinal malrotation is a surgically curable cause of abdominal pain and can be identified on HBS, if a reader makes checking for duodenal activity going across the midline a habit.
At the start of treatment, 59% of the UDCA group reported episodes of biliary colic. The frequency of biliary colic pain decreased to 26% and 10% after 3 and 6 months of treatment with ursodiol.
The main indication for cholecystectomy remains biliary colic and as a general rule asymptomatic gallstones do not warrant removal of the gallbladder.
Consultant and physician McCleane examines here the benefits of CCK antagonists working with opioids as a pain control therapy, starting by describing the role of opioids alone, the characteristics of CCK and its function as a "gut peptide,", its use as a central nervous system peptide, central effects of CCK, factors that increase central CCK representation, CCK as an antiopioid peptide, CCK receptor antagonists and whether they influence opioid-derived antiniciception, whether CCK antagonists reduce tolerance to some of the effects of opioids, whether the CCK-opioid combination is safe, the results of human studies, and other potential uses, as in biliary colic, pancreatitis and anxiolysis.
QI'VE had one bout of biliary colic and an episode of jaundice due to gallstones in the past month.
She recently had been admitted to a separate hospital for biliary colic and had been treated conservatively with IV hydration, antiemetic, and analgesics.
Only 23 of 89 patients (26%) receiving ursodiol remained free of biliary colic while waiting for surgery (mean, 90 days), whereas 29 of 88 patients (33%) receiving placebo stayed colic free.
Clinical signs of biliary colic and acute cholecystitis are similar in pregnant and nonpregnant patients: mid-upper gastric or right-upper quadrant pain in 60%-90% of cases; colic in more than 95% of acute cholecystitis cases; and nausea, vomiting, and fatty food intolerance in 30%-50% of cases.
The manifestations of ascariasis vary and include constitutional symptoms, particularly pulmonary and gastrointestinal complaints.[3] Hepatobiliary and pancreatic ascariasis can cause 5 distinct clinical presentations: biliary colic, acalculous cholecystitis, acute cholangitis, acute pancreatitis, and hepatic abscess.[2]