What are symptoms of biliary colic?

Updated: Jan 18, 2017
  • Author: Peter A D Steel, MBBS, MA; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Typical gallbladder colic generally includes 1-5 hours of constant pain, most commonly in the epigastrium or right upper quadrant. Peritoneal irritation by direct contact with the gallbladder localizes the pain to the right upper quadrant. The pain is severe, dull or boring, constant (not colicky), and may radiate to the right scapular region or back. Patients tend to move around to seek relief from the pain. The onset of pain develops hours after a meal, occurs frequently at night, and awakens the patient from sleep. Associated symptoms include nausea, vomiting, pleuritic pain, and fever.


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