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Suppression or absence of bile secretion into the small intestine.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



cessation of entry of bile into the duodenum; symptom of some diseases, usually of the biliary tract (obstruction of the common bile duct). Bile arrested in the liver enters the bloodstream. Acholia is characterized by jaundice; blanched, clay-colored stools; bile-colored urine; itching; occasionally severe cerebral phenomena (delirium, coma); hemorrhages in the skin and mucous membranes; and sometimes elevated temperature. The treatment consists in eliminating the causes of acholia.

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