Cholestasis is any condition in which the flow of bile from the liver is slowed or blocked. The symptoms are:
• Clay-colored or white stools
• Dark urine
• Inability to digest certain foods
• Nausea or vomiting
• Pain in the right upper part of the abdomen
• Yellow skin or 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?
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?
A liver biopsy can also help in effective diagnosis of Cholestatis.