Gallstones is sometimes misdiagnosed as Pancreatitis

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Pancreatitis, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Gallstones.

Gallstones are crystalised deposits of digestive fluid called bile that forms in the gallbladder. Gallstones may cause no symptoms, if they do the gallbladder will need to be removed. Symptoms that indicate this include sudden and rapid pain in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen, back pain between your shoulder blades, or in your right shoulder, nausea and vomiting. As the only real symptom is severe pain, gallstones can be mistaken for a heart attack, peptic ulcer or gastroenteritis.

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

Symptoms can include:

Sudden upper right abdominal pain, pain in right shoulder, vomiting, nausea, sudden central abdominal pain

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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