Biliary Colic is a condition referring to stones in the gallbladder which is the organ under the liver that stores bile. Gallstones are benign, and composed primarily of cholesterol, others contain bile pigment or calcium. They affect adolescents and adults. Both sexes are affected, but the condition is more common in women. 20% of those over 40 have gallstones.
Causes of Biliary Colic
Causes include: failure of the gallbladder to empty, alterations in bile mucus, increased bilirubin concentration in bile (Bilirubin is a yellowish, red-blood-cell waste product in bile that the blood carries to the liver. It contributes to urine’s yellowish color and can cause jaundice if it builds up in the blood concentration in bile), and infection in the tubes that carry bile out of the liver.
Signs and Symptoms of Biliary Colic
Symptoms include: colicky pain in the upper right abdomen or between the shoulder blades, nausea, vomiting, bloating, belching, intolerance for fatty foods (indigestion, bloating and belching), jaundice, and no symptoms in about 40% of cases.
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Medical Content Last Updated on 07/12/2008
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