biliary colic


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Related to biliary colic: choledocholithiasis, cholangitis, renal colic

biliary colic

[′bil·ē‚er·ē ′käl·ik]
(medicine)
Severe abdominal pain caused by passage of a gallstone through the bile ducts into the duodenum.
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However, patients who had fewer than three biliary colic episodes in the year before the study were significantly more likely to remain colic free while waiting for surgery than were patients with three or more preoperative colic episodes.
The hepatobiliary tree is one of the most common ectopic sites for ascariasis because of its easy accessibility, and this organism is a known cause of biliary tract disease, especially biliary colic, acute cholecystitis, cholangitis, and acute pancreatitis.
Symptoms are usually consistent with biliary colic, such as right upper quadrant pain, epigastric pain, or postprandial nausea and vomiting.
Symptoms often begin when a stone gets wedged in the gallbladder outlet, causing intense pain - called biliary colic - in the upper right area of the abdomen or between the shoulder blades.
Angina, atypical angina, and chest pain from biliary colic are much more common than atypical chest pain caused by GERD.