Cholecystitis – Symptoms and Causes


It’s possible that the dull pain in your upper right abdomen is caused by your gallbladder having a fit. Cholecystitis is a gallbladder inflammation in which bile, a digestive fluid stored in the gallbladder, is expelled into the small intestine. In this guide, we’ll examine the causes and signs of cholecystitis to help you understand your stomach’s complaints.

What are the Symptoms of Cholecystitis?

Here are a few symptoms of Cholecystitis:

  • One of the symptoms of cholecystitis is upper abdomen pain, particularly in the upper right quadrant. Additionally, the pain could move to your back or right shoulder blade. Pain in the gallbladder rises swiftly and might become severe at its peak.
  • Gallbladder attacks frequently cause nausea and vomiting. However, elderly people may experience less severe symptoms. They may feel generally sick or lose their appetite.
  • A fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit can strike up to one-third of patients suffering from acute cholecystitis. A fever might be a sign of a more serious inflammation or illness.

People without a history of pain who have acalculous cholecystitis may only exhibit fever and sepsis. The following might be found during the physical examination:

  • Painful gallbladder or RUQ fullness in 30%-40% patients.
  • Fever, tachycardia, and indications of peritoneal irritation (such as RUQ or epigastric area soreness, frequently accompanied by guarding or rebound.)
  • Jaundice in about 15% of cases.

The diagnosis of cholecystitis is not ruled out in the absence of physical findings. In certain groups, acute cholecystitis may manifest in a different way as described below:

  • Elderly (particularly those with diabetes): May appear with nonspecific symptoms lacking numerous important physical and history findings (such as pain and fever), with the sole presenting sign being localized tenderness; may quickly and unexpectedly advance to complex cholecystitis.
  • Children: May not exhibit many of the usual symptoms; those with sickle cell disease, severe diseases, hemolytic disorder, or congenital biliary abnormalities are more likely to develop cholecystitis.

What are the Causes of Cholecystitis?

Cholecystitis is an inflammation of the gallbladder, and it is caused by:

  • Gallstones

    Gallstones, which are hard particles that form in your gallbladder, are often the cause of cholecystitis. Bile exits the gallbladder through the cystic duct, a conduit that can get blocked by gallstones. Inflammation results from the gallbladder’s bile accumulation.

  • Tumour

    It’s possible that a tumour is preventing your gallbladder’s bile from properly emptying. This results in bile accumulation, which may induce cholecystitis. Cholecystitis can result from bile duct obstruction caused by stones, thickened bile, and microscopic particles.

  • Infection

    Inflammation of the gallbladder can be brought on by AIDS and some viral diseases.

  • Severe Sickness

    Cholecystitis can result from a serious sickness that damages blood vessels and reduces blood supply to the gallbladder.

Final Say!

Bile flow obstruction is often the cause of acute cholecystitis. An obstruction within your biliary system, which is the group of organs that transfer bile via your bile ducts, may result in generalized inflammation and, perhaps, infection.

If you notice any symptoms of cholecystitis, visit us at Gastroenterology or book your appointment by calling
(281) 357-1977.


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