Information On Colic

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What does colic mean? What are the symptoms, causes and treatment of colic? Information on colic.

COLIC, is a spasmodic, cramplike pain in the abdomen. Colicky pains tend to build up to a severe pitch of intensity and then rapidly subside, only to recur. They usually result when there is an obstruction within a body tube or passage. In young infants, the causes of colic are generally unknown.

One of the most common types of colic is biliary colic, an intense pain in the region of the gall bladder (upper right portion of the abdomen). It is usually caused by a gallstone that has impacted, obstructed, or passed into one of the ducts leading from the gall bladder or liver. Another common type is renal colic, which is usually caused by a stone or blood clot in the kidney or in a ureter, one of the tubes leading down from the kidneys into the bladder. This pain characteristically occurs on the side of the abdomen and radiates down the groin. Intestinal colic, another fairly common type, is often associated with an obstruction in the intestine or with abnormal contractions or spasms of intestinal muscles.

Sometimes colic may arise from the appendix, especially when there is an obstruction at the mouth of this slender, hollow structure. Ovarian colic is often due to a ruptured or twisted cyst, and tubal colic is usually due to spasmodic contractions of the oviducts. In some cases, tubal colic results from the implantation of an embryo in an oviduct. Other types of colic may result from certain kinds of metal poisonings.

***This article is for informational purposes only. It is not a doctor warning or recommendation.

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