Cholestasis is a late pregnancy disorder that triggers an uncontrollable itching on the hands and feet as well as other parts of the body. While the condition does not pose any major risk to the expectant mother or the unborn baby, it can cause birth complications. This is the reason why most gastroenterologyspecialists would recommend an early birth. Basically, the condition impairs the flow of bile or the digestive fluid from the liver. Along with the intense itching, which may usually begin in third trimester, the other symptoms of the condition are nausea, loss of appetite and yellowing of the skin and eyes.
HOW IS CHOLESTASIS DIAGNOSED?
The health care practitioner may suggest a few imaging tests to diagnose this condition. Tests include:
• Blood tests
• CT scan of the abdomen
• MRI of the abdomen
• Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) (can also determine cause)
• Ultrasound of the abdomen
HOW IS CHOLESTASIS TREATED?
Treatment of cholestasis depends on the underlying cause. Dietary substitutes may be recommended in some cases of fat malabsorption. In case of chronic cholestasis, oral absorbable, fat-soluble vitamin formulations and supplementation may be given
DID YOU KNOW?
Warm baths can relieve the itching to a certain extent.