|The cholic (1819) George Cruikshank|
Colic is a form of pain that starts and stops abruptly. It occurs due to muscular contractions of a hollow tube (colon, gall bladder, ureter, etc.) in an attempt to relieve an obstruction by forcing content out. It may be accompanied by sweating and vomiting. Types include:
- Baby colic, a condition, usually in infants, characterized by incessant crying
- Biliary colic, blockage by a gallstone of the common bile duct or cystic duct
- Devon colic or painter's colic, an affliction caused by lead poisoning
- Horse colic, a potentially fatal condition experienced by horses, caused by intestinal displacement or blockage
- Renal colic, a pain in the flank, characteristic of kidney stones
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