Cholestatis is a disease that blocks or stops the flow of bile to the liver, thereby putting a stop to the proper functioning of the liver. This is also caused by dysfunctional bile ducts, liver, pancreas and other organs. The symptoms usually include a yellowish look in the eyes and on the skin as well as itching sensation on the skin.
HOW IS CHOLESTASIS DIAGNOSED?
A general physician/gastroenterologist diagnoses cholestasis through the following:
1. Genetic testing
2. Blood test
3. Urine test
HOW IS CHOLESTASIS TREATED?
The treatment for Cholestasis is based on the cause of the problem. A surgery or endoscopy may be recommended for bile duct blockages. Cholestyramine, taken by mouth, can be used to treat itchiness. Supplements of calcium and vitamin D are often taken if the cholestasis persists. This drug binds with certain bile products in the intestine, so they cannot be reabsorbed to irritate the skin.
DID YOU KNOW?
Jaundice is an uncommon occurrence in metabolic cholestasis, but is common in obstructive cholestasis. Cholestasis of pregnancy is a condition in which the normal flow of bile in the gallbladder is affected by the high amounts of pregnancy hormones.