Biliary colic is a type of abdominal pain caused by the obstruction of the bile ducts, which are tubes that transport bile from the liver to the small intestine. The blockage is typically caused by a gallstone, which is a solid piece of material formed in the gallbladder. When a gallstone blocks the bile duct, it causes a buildup of bile in the gallbladder, leading to severe abdominal pain.
Biliary colic is a type of abdominal pain caused by the obstruction of the bile ducts, which are tubes that transport bile from the liver to the small intestine. The pain usually begins suddenly and is located in the upper right part of the abdomen, spreading to the back or right shoulder blade. It is commonly described as a sharp, cramping pain that comes and goes. Other symptoms of biliary colic can include nausea, vomiting, and fever.
The diagnosis of biliary colic is usually made based on the patient's symptoms and confirmed with imaging tests, such as an ultrasound or CT scan.
Treatment options for biliary colic include pain relief medications, a low-fat diet, and, in some cases, surgery to remove the gallbladder or the gallstones. At times, endoscopic procedures such as an ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography) is needed to remove stones that have passed into the biliary ducts.
It is important to remember that biliary colic is a medical condition that should be treated by a qualified healthcare professional. Self-diagnosis and self-treatment can be dangerous and could make the condition worse. If you have any concerns about your health, please consult a healthcare professional.