Lab Values for Biliary Colic and Choledocholithiasis (Nursing)

by Rhonda Lawes

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    00:00 First up biliary colic.

    00:03 So there's our first friend been diagnosed with biliary colic or acute pain.

    00:08 Here's what you're going to be looking for.

    00:10 You're going to evaluate lab for possible elevated liver enzymes or bilirubin.

    00:16 Now why are we looking at this picture again? Because when you think biliary colic this is what I want you to think, this is what I want you to picture in your mind.

    00:25 You've got that hepatobiliary system, right there, biliary colic means we've got a stone that stuck and see why it makes sense that we would have elevated liver enzymes or bilirubin because we've got things backing up into the liver.

    00:40 Next up choledocholithiasis, now what are we looking for with a diagnosis of choledocholithiasis? Well, remember cholelithiasis is the presence of one or more gall stones in the gallbladder.

    00:54 When we say choledocholithiasis, that means those stones are now within the common bile duct.

    01:02 So no charge.

    01:03 There are some extra medical terminology for you.

    01:06 But what about the lab work for choledocholithiasis, we're looking for elevated liver enzymes and bilirubin, sweet! So for the first two what we're looking for is the same that let you know, these are relatively early signs of when a stone is causing a problem.

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    The lecture Lab Values for Biliary Colic and Choledocholithiasis (Nursing) by Rhonda Lawes is from the course Gallstones and Cholecystitis: Diagnosis (Nursing).

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    1. Acute pain
    2. Possible elevated bilirubin
    3. Possible elevated liver enzymes
    4. Elevated amylase
    5. Elevated lipase

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     Rhonda Lawes

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