Table of Contents
- What is gallbladder pain?
- What are the causes of gallbladder pain?
- What is biliary colic?
- What are the symptoms associated with gallbladder pain?
- What are the symptoms associated with gallbladder pain? (Continued)
- How is the cause of gallbladder pain diagnosed?
- What is the treatment of gallbladder pain?
- Home remedies
- What are the complications of gallbladder pain?
Quick GuideWhat's Causing Your Abdominal Pain?
How is the cause of gallbladder pain diagnosed?
The history and physical exam helps to establish a presumptive diagnosis. Murphy's sign (pain or temporary respiratory arrest on deep right subcostal palpation) has been estimated to be over 95% specific for acute cholecystitis. A few laboratory tests such as liver function tests, lipase, amylase, complete blood count (CBC), and an abdominal X-ray are done to determine the exact problem is causing the pain.Ultrasound can detect gallstones, and CT scan may delineate organ structural changes. A HIDA scan (uses radioactive material) can measure gallbladder emptying while an ERCP test uses an endoscope to place dye in the ducts of the pancreas, gallbladder and liver. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is sometimes used to detail the organ structures (liver, gallbladder, and pancreas); other tests also may be considered. The results of these tests help pinpoint the problem and establish the diagnosis. Continue Reading
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