A Case of Paediatric Cholelithiasis treated with Homoeopathy
Prof G R Mohan
M D (Hom) PG dip (Env Stud)
Former ,Principal, Devs Homoeopathic Medical College,
RR District, TL, India
Introduction: Gallstones are a major public health problem in all developed countries. Although gallbladder disease had traditionally been considered an adult condition, the prevalence has been rising in the pediatric population. Baby aged 5year came with multiple Gall stones was treated successful with Lycopodium and Carduus Marianus. Treatment was guided by ultra sound scan of abdomen before and after treatment. It is an Evidenced based Homoeopathic treatment.
Key words: Cholelithiasis, Homoeopathy,
Cholelithiasis is defined as “the presence or formation of stones in the gall bladder”. Cholelithiasis incidence ranging from 0.15% to 0.22%.. Cholelithiasis is common throughout the adult population, affecting as many as 25 million Americans and resulting in 500,000-700,000 cholecystectomies per year.
The Cholelithiasis prevalence has been rising in the pediatric population. Gallbladder disease is much rarer in children, with 1.3 pediatric cases occurring per every 1000 adult cases .A population-based study estimated that the prevalence of gallstones and biliary sludge in children is at 1.9% and 1.46%, respectively2.Pediatric patients undergo 4% of all cholecystectomies. Cholecystectomy is the procedure of choice for symptomatic children with Cholelithiasis, regardless of age 2, 3. Cholelithiasis can occur at any age, including prenatally, but is most common during puberty. Females are at significantly higher risk, with an overall 4:1 female-to-male predominance that increases to 11 to 22.1 during adolescence.
The common causes related to predisposing factors are Hemolytic disease, hepatobiliary disease, obesity, prolonged parenteral nutrition, abdominal surgery, trauma, sepsis, and pregnancy. In children one fourth of total Cholelithiasis cases are Calcium carbonate stones, remaining 48% of gallstones in children belongs to Black pigment stones. They are formed when bile becomes supersaturated with calcium bilirubinate, the calcium salt of unconjugated bilirubin. Black pigment stones are commonly formed in hemolytic disorders and can also develop with parenteral nutrition. The complications of Cholelithiasis in children are similar to those in adults.2
A Case: Baby aged 5year came with following complaints
Complaints: Pain in the abdomen on and off, pain in the throat with recurrent fever. with multiple Gall stones.
Presenting complaints : Pain in the right hypochondria on and off since a year shifting from right to left, fullness of abdomen, on and off pain in the throat < by eating Chocolates, she has great desire to eat.
Past history: nothing particular
Treatment history: took conventional medicine for above problem.
Family history: mother is suffering from Migraine.
Aversions: - Nothing Particular
Bowel movements: Normal.
General physical examination & observations : normal built with 20 KGs; child is fussy in nature, on examination of throat : no congestion only chronic enlargement of tonsils.
GIT: abdomen on palpation soft, NYD
Investigations of significance: WBC: 18200, ESR: 15mm, CRP: 60mg/l, ASO: 200IU/ml,
Alkaline Phosphate: 650IU/L, SGPT 45IU/Land SGOT 37IU/L. Ultra sound Scan: Multiple stones in Gall bladder.
Provisional diagnosis: Cholelithiasis
Clinical diagnosis: Cholelithiasis, Chronic Tonsillitis,
Clinical classification: Dynamic chronic fully developed miasmatic disease
Miasmatic diagnosis: Trimiasmatic
Totality of symptoms: A shown in reportorial chart
Repertorial totality: A shown in Repertorial chart
Analysis of repertorial result:
Reasons for selecting the remedy:
Reasons for selecting the remedy:
8/9/2009: Nux Vomica 200,3doses was given and 15 days Rubrum was given.
25/09/09: no change in her complaints, 7 days Rubrum was given
09/10/09: no change in her complaints as per the Repertorisation, Lycopodium covered 7 out of six symptoms, I gave Lycopodium 30 C 3doses were given, 15 days Rubrum was given.
24/10/09: pain in throat reduced, appetite no improvement, pain right hypochondrium was persisting, 15 days Rubrum was given
19/11/09 appetite improved. Pain right hypochondrium was persisting, fullness of abdomen was slightly better, Tuberculinum 200C, 3doses were given, 15 days Rubrum was given.
28/11 / 09 she came with pain in right upper quadrant of abdomen, bowel movement was normal, regular. Cardus M 6C, 2pill twice a day for 1O days followed by Rubrum 20 Days,
25/12/09 : Weight has increases to 21 kgs, General condition was normal, repeated Cardus M 6C , 2pill twice a day for 1O days followed by Rubrum 20 Days advised them to go for Ultra sound Scan, Liver function Test
17/01/2010: General condition was normal Ultra sound Scan was normal as shown below.
Liver function Test Within normal limits. Advice the father of the patient to come after 2 months for review.
Reasons for selecting the remedies:
Nux Vomica was selected as case has come from conventional system of treatment; it has covered five out of seven symptoms. Lycopodium was selected as it has covered six out of seven symptoms. It is a right sided remedy ,Tuberculinum was prescribed as well indicated remedies are not giving desired results, Carduus Marianus 6C was given as it is a very important remedy for Gall Stones , there was lot of pressure on me as said patient was relative of local Gastroenterologist , there was fear of obstruction, parents were afraid of going for Surgery. For this reasons I have changed the remedies frequently. But child got desired cure.
Conclusion: estimated the prevalence of gallstones and biliary sludge in children at 1.9% and 1.46%, respectively.2 in children very common presentation will be pain in right upper quadrant of abdomen, most of the Physicians don’t dream of this Cholelithiasis condition. In majority of cases we can relive the pain by our homoeopathic remedies. Sometimes we may not get expected results, only ultra sound Scan can give us the direction to proper treatment. The above case is one example, an organopathic remedy helped to dissolve the multiple stones. In children we have to depend only objective symptoms , as children are not in position to give their subjective symptoms.
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Acknowledgements : I thank the patient for the cooperation she has extended during the time of treatment.
Repertorisation chart of Cholelithiasis case:
(for full-length article ref : Hpathy.ezine, nov 2011 & Wonders of Homoeopathy an evidence based study )