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Biliary Colic: Symptoms and Treatment


Bile Duct is a tube that drains bile from the gallbladder to the small intestine. When it gets blocked by a gallstone, it is known as Biliary Colic.

Around 10-15% of the adult population in the developed countries have gallstone, out of which 1-4% of people suffer from biliary colic each year. [1]

-Can be treated; treatment is necessary
- Imaging is required
- Can happen again and again as long as the gallstone is there

When the stones pass into the small intestine and unblock the duct then only, it’s called Biliary Colic. Hard masses that form in the gallbladder are known as gallstones, and can be many or just a few in numbers and can be small or large.


Symptoms of Biliary Colic include pain in the middle to the right upper abdomen, which is worst for about 30 minutes to 1 hour, but persists in lower intensity for more hours. Such a pain can be of different forms - cramps, sharp, or a constant dull ache.


- Exercise: exercising can help not from the gallstones
- Dietary Change: Take less fat and more fibers to avoid gallstones
- Heating Pad: Applying heat can help provide relief from the pain
- Peppermint Tea: Menthol in peppermint tea provides relief from the pain

Medications: Usually small gallstones dissolve with certain medications. Gallstone solubilizing agents can be taken under a doctor’s prescription.
Specialists: A usual treatment is a surgery for removing gallstones; hence, one should contact a specialist immediately. At mfine, you will t the required assistance.

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