Severe cramping upper abdominal pains with associated nausea and vomiting. Often after heavy or fatty meals lasting for 10 mins to more than an hour. Can be episodic and unpredictable, but severe pain. Caused by the gallbladder contracting and a stone blocking the outflow of bile into the cystic duct.
On going upper abdominal pain with associated nausea and vomiting. Exacerbated by eating but usually the patient has no appetite. Associated feeling of fever, being unwell and tired. Tender painful abdomen under ribs on right side. Caused by the gallbladder getting infected.
Causes pain & symptoms like a severe biliary colic that keeps recurring. Pain often passes through to the back. Associated yellowing of skin and eyes can occur. This can also cause pancreatitis. The stone in the CBD frequently passes causing resolution of jaundice and symptoms, but sometimes needs a camera test or surgery to remove it from the bile duct.
This condition can be mild and self limiting lasting a few days or severe and life threatening. Untreated you can have recurrent attacks. It is due to a gallstone irritating the pancreas as it passes through the hepatopancreatic duct into the gut. Presents like acute cholecystitis with pain going through to the back. It is diagnosed with a specific blood test.
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