Acute Cholecystitis Quiz

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is acute cholecystitis?

A condition where the gallbladder (organ storing bile from the liver) is infected or blocked with a stone. This causes bile to accumulate and the gallbladder to swell.

Symptoms of acute cholecystitis

  • Abdominal pain

  • Stomach pain or tummy ache in a specific place

  • Skin or eyes turning yellow

  • Upper central abdominal pain

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Stomach or abdominal pain after eating oily foods

  • Loss of appetite

  • Abdominal pain that worsens after meals

Questions your doctor may ask to check for acute cholecystitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose acute cholecystitis

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

  • Do you have abdominal (stomach) pain in any particular location?

  • Have you noticed your eyes or skin are turning yellow?

  • Do you have pain in the pit of the stomach (top middle of the abdomen)?

  • Do you feel severe pain when pressing on your abdomen (stomach)?

Treatment for acute cholecystitis

Treatment involves antibiotics and pain medications. Patients may be asked to fast and have fluids given by a needle in the vein - this will help to 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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