It is a condition where bile cannot flow from the liver to the duodenum. The It is a condition where bile cannot flow from the liver to the duodenum. The two basic distinctions are an obstructive type of cholestasis, where there is a mechanical blockage in the duct system that can occur from a gallstone or malignancy, and metabolic types of cholestasis, which are disturbances in bile formation that can occur because of genetic defects or acquired as a side effect of many medications. The symptoms are:
3. Pale stool
4. Dark urine
HOW IS CHOLESTASIS DIAGNOSED?
Common diagnostic procedure includes a physical examination along with lab tests of the blood to evaluate liver functioning and the amount of bile salts in the blood.
HOW IS CHOLESTASIS TREATED?
Cholestasis is treated as follows:
1. For bile duct blockages, surgery or endoscopy
2. For blockages within the liver, various treatments depending on the cause
3. For itching, cholestyramine is used for treatment
DID YOU KNOW?
Warm baths can relieve the itching to a certain extent.