Heaviness in the right upper quadrant can be as a sign of some kind of pathology and the norm. In normal weight and even pain in the right upper quadrant may be associated with high physical activity, and the tide of blood to the liver. Filling liver blood leads to its increase and stretching of the capsule in which a lot of nerve endings - hence the feeling of heaviness and pain.
What is in the right upper quadrant
In the right hypochondrium in humans is the liver, which is composed of lobules, interconnected in a large proportion. All of the liver is covered with dense fibrous connective tissue capsule. Slices are separated by layers of loose fibrous connective tissue. Each slice fall interlobular artery, lymphatic vessels and nerve trunk, and leave Vienna, bile duct, and lymphatic vessel outlet.
Interlobular bile ducts are connected to the common bile duct, bile from which enters the gall bladder and accumulates there. The gallbladder - a small bag in which there is an accumulation of bile, increasing its concentration and from which periodically carried out the flow of bile into the common bile duct, leading out into the duodenum. Emissions of bile from the gallbladder associated with meals.
The liver performs in the body is very important functions: purification of the body
Cleansing the body - comprehensive restoration
toxins external and internal origin, formation of proteins, including those affecting the blood coagulation, formation of fat-soluble vitamins (A, E, K, D), the regulation of metabolic processes and the processes of thermoregulation, as well as education and excretion of bile, participating in the process of digestion.
The feeling of heaviness in the right upper quadrant, associated with diseases of the gallbladder and biliary tract
Diseases of the gallbladder and biliary tract may develop on the background of metabolic disorders - in this case in the form of bile stones, which can impede the progress of bile. The formation of gallstones helps violation of motor activity of the biliary tract, which leads to the stagnation of bile. Against the background of gallstone disease may develop inflammation of the biliary tract and gallbladder - cholecystitis and cholangitis. Heaviness in the right upper quadrant may be the initial symptom of the disease.
Inflammatory processes in the biliary tract may develop without the presence of stones, it could be an infection, got there from the gastrointestinal tract or the bloodstream of any foci of infection.
Finally, a common cause of cholecystitis and cholangitis are biliary dyskinesia
Biliary dyskinesia - a big problem with bile
- A violation of the motor activity of smooth muscles of these organs associated with dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). As you know, the ANS consists of two interrelated parts: the sympathetic (SNS - she is responsible for the condition of the body under stress) and parasympathetic (PNS - she is responsible for the body under normal circumstances). With the predominance of the effect of SNS there is increased physical activity biliary tract (hyperkinetic dyskinesia), while the prevalence of PNS physical activity, in contrast, is reduced (hypokinetic dyskinesia).
In all diseases of the biliary tract and liver in the initial stages leading symptom may be a feeling of heaviness in the right upper quadrant.
Causes of gravity in the right upper quadrant, associated with liver disease
Equally often the cause of gravity in the right upper quadrant is an inflammatory process in the liver itself - hepatitis
Hepatitis - the scourge of our time
. Especially characteristic constant heaviness in the right upper quadrant of chronic, slowly developing hepatitis. This may be as viral hepatitis
Viral hepatitis - Army disease
And hepatitis any other origin, including non-infectious.
Constant gravity in the right upper quadrant may be the only symptom is slowly progressing hepatitis. And do not pay attention to it - it means to get through a serious illness for some time in conjunction with a progressive decrease in liver function.
Heaviness in the right upper quadrant, associated with blood circulation
Severe cardiovascular disease disrupted the heart muscle, and the heart is not doing its job, it does not have time to pump the venous blood flowing into it from the systemic circulation, that is, from distant tissues and organs. This leads to stagnation of venous blood and the appearance of edema in the first leg, which rise higher and capture abdominal organs.
As a result of venous stasis in liver latter expands, the capsule it is stretched and there is a feeling of heaviness in the right hypochondrium.
Treatment of gravity in the right upper quadrant
Treat yourself heaviness in the right upper quadrant is meaningless, you must first determine what caused it. Only then the doctor will prescribe appropriate treatment.
If there was a constant heaviness in the right upper quadrant, should consult a doctor and find out the cause of this phenomenon.