Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Biliary Colic Overview

What is biliary colic?
A person with biliary colic has pain in the right upper abdomen that is caused by the blockage of bile from the gallbladder. The most common cause for biliary colic is gallstones.

What are the symptoms of biliary colic?
Biliary colic pain is often severe and located in the right upper abdomen. Pain may be triggered by eating a meal that is high in fat.

How does the doctor treat biliary colic?
Treatment for biliary colic is usually surgical to remove the obstructing gallstones and gallbladder.

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Last Updated: Feb 6, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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