Cholestasis Of Pregnancy

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Definition

Cholestasis of pregnancy is a condition of intense itching particularly on the hands and feet in late pregnancy.

Diagnosis

Doctors ask about the patient's medical history and conduct a physical exam. Blood tests are also conducted to evaluate the liver's health and to measure the amount of bile in the blood. The patient may also undergo an ultrasound exam to evaluate the liver.

Treatment

Cholestasis of pregnancy is treated to relieve itching and prevent complications. The patient is prescribed with a medication such as ursodeoxycholic acid to relieve itching and increase bile flow. Anti-itch lotions or lotions containing corticosteroids may also be recommended as well as soaking the itchy areas in cold water. Patients may also undergo regular blood testing to monitor the liver and measure the amount of bile in the blood. Regular ultrasounds and nonstress tests may also be recommended to monitor the fetus' well-being. Sometimes the fetus is delivered early to prevent complications.

Symptoms and Signs

Oftentimes, the only symptom of cholestasis of pregnancy is intense itching specifically on the palms and soles of the feet, which may be intolerable during night time. It is usually experienced during the third trimester of pregnancy. Other symptoms also include dark-colored urine, light-colored stool, yellow eyes or skin, or abdominal pain.

Causes

The cause of the condition is not known. But pregnancy hormones may trigger the condition. Factors that may cause the condition include a personal or family history of the condition, a history of liver damage, or twin pregnancy. Women who had the condition in a previous pregnancy have the highest risk of having the condition again.

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