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What is cholestasis of pregnancy?

What is cholestasis of pregnancy?

See below please: Cholestasis of pregnancy is a condition in which the normal flow of bile in the gallbladder is affected by the high amounts of pregnancy hormones. Cholestasis is more common in the last trimester of pregnancy. 1-2 pregnancies/1000 are affected by cholestasis. In severe cases, but not all, cholestasis may increase the risks for fetal distress, preterm birth, or stillbirth. Blood tests are key. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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How is cholestasis of pregnancy diagnosed?

How is cholestasis of pregnancy diagnosed?

History/Physical/Lab: Cholestasis is diagnosed by doing a complete medical history, physical examination, and blood tests that evaluate liver function, bile acids, and bilirubin. Additionally, an ultrasound can de done to rule out gall bladder stones causing blockage. 1-2 preg/1000 is affected by cholestasis of pregnancy. It may be related to adverse pregnancy events like preterm labor, or at worse, stillbirth. ...Read more

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What causes cholestasis of pregnancy and what are the symptoms?

Itching & Jaundice: As well as elevated blood levels of bile acids. More common in scandinavia, south america, and multiple gestation pregnancy. An increased sensitivity of some women to the estrogen hormones of pregnancy lead to a reduced ability of their bodies to eliminate bile acids, causing them to accumulate. The condition usually resolves within 2-3 weeks of delivery. ...Read more

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What meds are good for cholestasis of pregnancy? I had it once and don't want to experience it again.

UCDA: Ursodeoxycholic acid (udca) is used in the treatment of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (icp). We don't know exactly how udca works, but we think it improves bile salt loss from the liver into the bile, which reduces serum bile acid, liver enzyme, and bilirubin levels. This reduces itching, and the risk to the fetus/mother, allowing deliver closer to term. Udca is safe to use in pregnancy. ...Read more

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How far along in pregnancy does cholestasis or pregnancy start? And what is cholestasis of pregnancy?

Cholestasis: Cholestasis of pregnancy is a condition in which the normal flow of bile in the gallbladder is affected by the high amounts of pregnancy hormones. Cholestasis is more common in the last trimester of pregnancy when hormones are at their peak, but it usually goes away within a few days after delivery. ...Read more

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IS it uncommon for someone to develop cholestasis of pregnancy during a third pregnancy (never had it). Feeling sporadic itchines all overand 28 week?

Cholestasis: Cholestasis of pregnancy is not particularly common to begin with, however, any woman can get it during any pregnancy. This is serious business, so if you are having symptoms, alert your OB pronto! Good luck. ...Read more

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What can be done for intraheptic cholestasis of pregnancy?

What can be done for intraheptic cholestasis of pregnancy?

Ursodiol/hydroxyzine: Delivery is the ultimate therapy for cholestasis gravidarum, by 36-38 weeks with 1-2/week fetal surveillance to avoid fetal demise. Oral ursodiol and Hydroxyzine cab help control the bile acid level in the mother's blood stream and decrease her pruritus. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having cholestasis of pregnancy in consecutive pregnancies?

70% recurrance risk: Recurrance risk for cholestasis of pregnancy can be as high as 70% in subsequent pregnancies. There is no current therapy to lessen the risk or prevent those recurrances. ...Read more

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What are tests, treatment for cholestasis of pregnancy?

What are tests, treatment for cholestasis of pregnancy?

Med, early delivery: Intrahepatic cholestasis is usually first noticed when a pregnant woman complains of itching all over the body but no rash. Testing will show abnormal bile salt levels and liver function tests. There is a medication that relieves the itching and lowers bile salt, but there is increased risk for stillbirth, so close monitoring of the pregnancy and delivery as soon as feasible is usual management. ...Read more

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Is intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy painful?

Is intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy painful?

NO: Cholestasis of pregnancy does not generally cause pain. The most common symptoms is pruritis (itching). It almost always starts with itching on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet, and it is first noticed at night. The itching spreads to other parts of the body over time. Treatment with ursodiol (bile salts) can improve symptoms. Consultation with a high risk OB is recommended. ...Read more

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What are the tests for intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy?

What are the tests for intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy?

LFTs, bile acids.: Liver function tests (alt/ast/alkaline phosphatase) and bile acids can clinch the clinical diagnosis of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy - in the absence of cholelithiasis. ...Read more

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What about Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy? What are the symptoms?

Itching: And possibly jaundice and can be associated problems with baby ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy?

Yes: There may be some familial predisposition to this disorder as it seems to apear in clusters of related women. It is also more common with multiple pregnancies (twins/triplets) and recurrence risk is as high as 50% or more in subsequent pregnancies. Resolution of symptoms is usually very prompt after delivery. ...Read more

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Are there things I can do for intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy at home?

Are there things I can do for intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy at home?

Uncertain: Cause and treatment of intra-hepatic cholestasis are uncertain. Since it is often associated with itching, you need to protect your skin with emollients and refrain from scratching your skin. ...Read more

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How long does it take ursodeoxycholic acid to work when you have cholestasis of pregnancy?

How long does it take ursodeoxycholic acid to work when you have cholestasis of pregnancy?

Not long.: Ursodiol can pretty quickly decrease the bile acid levels in cases of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, however the pruritius may continue until Hydroxyzine is taken. ...Read more

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Could I have icp (intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy)? What are the risks?

Icp causes itching: I have only had one patient with icp in 27 years of practicing obstetrics. Diagnosis is made by elevated bile salts (detectable by lab test) and the treatment is cholestyramine. Pregnancy outcome should be unaffected by the condition. So icp is rare and makes you miserable, but should not affect your baby. One case however hardly makes me an expert so second opinions welcome. ...Read more

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How long does pruritus associated with intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy last?

Until pregnancy ends: Cholestasis of pregnancy is a considition which generally occurs in the 3rd trimester and is characterized by intense pruritis without rash and increase serum levels of free bile acids. The condition lasts until the pregnancy ends. The pruritis sometimes can be controlled with medications, such as ursodiol. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy?

See your doc: The one we know it works in relieving the symptoms if itching is the ursodeoxycolic acid. But in pregnancy this is a very serious condition that requires frequent fetal monitoring, maternal monitoring and potentially delivery before your due date. Please see and ob/gyn specialized in high risk pregnancy if you don't have one. ...Read more

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What are the options of contraception for a woman with liver problems and after cholestasis of pregnancy?

Not hormones: You can use local methods condoms, diaphragm, if u do not want any more kids, office sterilzation, is easier and safer than laparoscopic tubal coagulation. I currently do both adiana and essure in the offcie. If you have a c-section, the tubes can be tied at that time. But as you know tubal methods are permanent, but with your condition, another pregnancy could be risky. ...Read more

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How can YOU DIFFERENTIATE Cholestasis of pregnancy from other itching. Having random spots of itching that feel like prikles on my skin. 28 weeks toda?

How can YOU DIFFERENTIATE Cholestasis of pregnancy from other itching. Having random spots of itching that feel like prikles on my skin. 28 weeks toda?

A few ways: Cholestasis causes total body itching not just in patches or in random areas. Your doctor can do a good test called bile acids. Your doctor can also try you on Ursadiol to see how you respond. Cholestasis will improve. Other causes of itching will not ...Read more

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What is the result of liver function tests in intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy?

Cholestasis: You could elevated bilirrubin and alkaline phosphatase predominantly. Others sucn as transaminases can be elevated too. They will all normalize upon delivery. ...Read more

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I had cholestasis of pregnancy. I am over 2mo post delivery and the itching hasn't gone away. Liver function tests are normal. What do I do now?

Specialist: The itching from cholestasis should resolve 24-48 hrs after delivery. If you are still itching then it is from something else. Schedule a visit with an allergy/immunology specialist or perhaps a dermatologist. ...Read more

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If you get cholestasis of pregnancy in the First Trimester what can be done to make sure the baby/mother will be safe?

If you get cholestasis of pregnancy in the First Trimester what can be done to make sure the baby/mother will be safe?

Close follow-up: Cholestasis of pregnancy can be associated with poor pregnancy outcomes - your doctor will want to follow your pregnancy closer and may require periodic testing, monitoring, and/or ultrasounds to determine that the baby is growing and thriving inside. You may also be a candidate for delivery before your due date. Good luck. ...Read more

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Cholestasis of pregnancy - are there any alternatives to inducing at 37 weeks? Can you wait till proper full term of 39 weeks by monitoring baby often?

Cholestasis of pregnancy - are there any alternatives to inducing at 37 weeks? Can you wait till proper full term of 39 weeks by monitoring baby often?

Balance: There is always a balance to consider in these situations. Not all babies give clear indications on the monitor that something is wrong, and stillbirth, when it happens, happens mostly without warning. You can talk with doctor about your specific situation, as well as the risks of prematurity at 37 weeks. Typically, the balance at 37 weeks lays with inducing labor to prevent stillbirth. ...Read more

Dr. Katherine Kohari
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Cholestasis Of Pregnancy (Definition)

A condition where the flow of bile, a digestive fluid produced by the liver, slows or stops. As a result, the bile enters the bloodstream and causes "intense itching" in the mother on the palms and ...Read more


Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Cholestasis (Definition)

When the flow of bile (chole) is held back (stasis). It can be from the liver cells not moving it (often from medications), or from the biliary tree being plugged by ...Read more