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CATARRHAL JAUNDICE. (Acute catarrhal angiocholitis)

Categories: Digestive Organs

Jaundice caused by
obstruction of the terminal portion of the common duct, by swelling of the

mucous membrane.

Causes. This occurs mostly in young people. It follows inflammation of

the stomach or bowels, also from emotion, exposure, chronic heart disease.

It may be epidemic.

Symptoms. Slight jaundice preceded by stomach and bowel trouble. Epidemic

cases may
begin with chill, headache and vomiting. There may be slight

pain in the abdomen, the skin is light or bright yellow, whites of the

eyes are yellowish, pain in the back and legs, tired feeling, nausea, clay

colored stools. Pulse is rather slow, liver may be a little enlarged. It

may last from one week to one to three months.

PHYSICIANS' TREATMENT for Catarrhal Jaundice. 1. Restrict the diet if the

stomach and bowels are diseased. Sodium phosphate may be given one

teaspoonful every three hours to keep the bowels open. Drink large

quantities of water and with it some baking soda one-half to one

teaspoonful in the water.

2. If you have calomel you may take one-tenth of a grain every hour for

four hours, and then follow with the sodium phosphate in one-half

teaspoonful doses every two to three hours, until the bowels have fully

moved, or epsom salts, two to four teaspoonfuls. Keep in bed if there is a

fever or a very slow pulse say of forty to fifty.