Biliary colic

Sandra Hapca*, George Ramsay, Peter Murchie, Irfan Ahmed

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Arrange liver function tests and routine outpatient abdominal ultrasonography for all patients with suspected biliary colic

Acute, persistent, right upper quadrant pain, systemic upset, and Charcot’s triad are suggestive of complicated gallstones and indicate need for emergency hospital referral

The current recommended management of biliary colic is laparoscopic cholecystectomy, but this might not definitively treat symptoms in all patients. Some people might opt for conservative management, but they remain at risk of developing gallstone related complications
Original languageEnglish
Article numbern2085
JournalThe BMJ
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sept 2021


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