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?
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?
The aim of treating the condition is to reduce the itching and to prevent pregnancy complications. A prescription drug, ursodiol, is usually prescribed to reduce the amount of bile in the expectant mother’s blood. Anti-itching lotions are not advisable as they may pose threat to the unborn baby. To avoid any complications, an early delivery is most often advised.
DID YOU KNOW?
A liver biopsy can also help in effective diagnosis of Cholestatis.