Liver colic - Definition

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The pain of liver colic, sometimes called biliary pain, is the result of an obstruction in the bile ducts. The pain of liver colic is located in the upper part of the abdomen, mainly on the right side, and is sometimes accompanied by nausea or vomiting. This pain comes on suddenly and often increases when breathing in. The pain can sometimes go up to the shoulder or the right shoulder blade and can occur in episodes. Faced with this kind of pain, an abdominal ultrasound can be performed and identify stones in the gall bladder. The removal of the gall bladder, or cholecystectomy, will make the pain disappear.