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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is acute cholecystitis?

A condition in which the gallbladder (organ that stores bile from the liver) becomes infected or blocked by a stone, causing bile to build up and the gallbladder to swell.

Symptoms of acute cholecystitis

  • Abdominal guarding

  • Stomach pain or tummy ache in a specific place

  • Suspected Murphy's sign positive

  • Skin or eyes turning yellow

  • Rebound tenderness

  • High white blood cell counts on blood test within last 1 week

  • Abdominal pain that worsens after meals

  • Abdominal pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for acute cholecystitis

  • Is your stomach pain localized to one specific area?

  • Are your eyes or skin turning yellow?

  • Were you diagnosed with high white blood cell count recently?

  • Does eating make your stomach pain worse?

  • Do you have a stomach ache?

Treatment for acute cholecystitis

Treatment includes antibiotics and pain medications. Patients may be asked to fast and receive fluids through a needle in the vein to help rest the gallbladder. Some patients may need a procedure to remove a stone or surgery to remove the gallbladder.

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References

  • Halpin V. Acute cholecystitis. BMJ Clin Evid. 2014 Aug 20;2014:0411. PMID: 25144428; PMCID: PMC4140413.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4140413/

  • Bagla P, Sarria JC, Riall TS. Management of acute cholecystitis. Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2016 Oct;29(5):508-13. doi: 10.1097/QCO.0000000000000297. PMID: 27429137.

    https://journals.lww.com/co-infectiousdiseases/Abstract/2016/10000/Management_of_acute_cholecystitis.13.aspx

  • Gallaher JR, Charles A. Acute Cholecystitis: A Review. JAMA. 2022 Mar 8;327(10):965-975. doi: 10.1001/jama.2022.2350. PMID: 35258527.

    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2789654

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Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

Aiko Yoshioka, MD

Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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