What are the physical findings of cholecystitis?

Updated: May 20, 2021
  • Author: Alan A Bloom, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The physical examination may reveal the following:

  • Fever, tachycardia, and tenderness in the RUQ or epigastric region, often with guarding or rebound

  • Palpable gallbladder or fullness of the RUQ (30%-40% of patients)

  • Jaundice (~15% of patients)

The absence of physical findings does not rule out the diagnosis of cholecystitis.

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