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Colic, Pain Abdomen

The main symptom of colic is localized pain in the abdomen or urinary tract that comes and goes. Colic occurs when there is an obstruction within a hollow internal body part, such as the intestines, gallbladder, rectum, kidneys, or ureters.

To try to rid the body of the obstruction, the muscles contract vigorously around it, and these spasms cause pain. Some of the most common obstructions that lead to colic are gall stones and kidney stones.

A colic episode can last for up to 5 hours, with intense pain that gradually subsides. There can be a residual ache for up to 24 hours. Once a person has had one episode of colic, they are likely to have more.

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