Acute Cholecystitis is sometimes misdiagnosed as Gallbladder Agenesis

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Gallbladder Agenesis, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Acute Cholecystitis.

Acute cholecystitis is inflammation of the gallbladder. In general gallstones blocking this exit tube of the gallbladder causes this and results in bile building up which causes this inflammation. It can also be caused by tumours, infections and other bile duct issues. If left untreated it can lead to complications such as a gallbladder rupture which can result in death. Symptoms of acute cholecystitis include severe pain in the upper right or centre abdomen, pain that spreads over the right shoulder, tender abdomen, nausea, vomiting and fever. These symptoms intensify after meals especially those that contain fat. Acute cholecystitis can be misdiagnosed as other conditions that impact the gallbladder, kidney and liver such as chronic cholecystitis, hepatitis, and urosepsis.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Tenderness over abdomen when touched, nausea, vomiting, fever, severe pain in upper right or center abdomen, pain spreading to right shoulder or back

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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