biliary colic

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Pain resulting from obstruction of the gall bladder or common bile duct, usually by a stone. The pain, which is very severe, is usually felt in the upper abdomen (in the midline or to the right) but can also be poorly localized due to its visceral nature. It often occurs about an hour after a meal (particularly if fatty), may last several hours, and is usually steady in severity (unlike other forms of colic). Vomiting often occurs simultaneously.

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