Cholecystitis (Gallstones) - Diagnosis
- The symptoms of acute cholecystitis can resemble many other illnesses. Our doctors will want to know about the patientÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s medical history as well as their symptoms. They will check the patientÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s abdomen for swelling or tender areas and may prescribe additional tests.
- Abdominal ultrasounds are the most commonly prescribed imaging test used to diagnose cholecystitis.
- Our doctors may need to advise more tests if the patient has been diagnosed with acute cholecystitis. These tests may include a liver function test and complete blood count test.
Cholecystitis can lead to a number of serious complications, including the following:
- empyema (pus in the gallbladder)
- injury to bile ducts draining the liver (may occur after a gallbladder surgery)
- infection within the gallbladder
- if bile builds up within the gallbladder, causing cholecystitis, the bile may become infected
- an untreated cholecystitis can kill the gallbladder tissue, which, in turn, can lead to a tear in the gallbladder or cause the gallbladder to burst.