What are symptoms of cholecystitis?

Updated: Jan 18, 2017
  • Author: Peter A D Steel, MBBS, MA; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Persistence of biliary obstruction leads to cholecystitis and persistent right upper quadrant pain. The character of the pain is similar to gallbladder colic, except that it is prolonged and lasts hours (usually >6 h) or days. Nausea, vomiting, and low-grade fever are associated more commonly with cholecystitis. Up to 70% of patients with cholecystitis report having experienced similar episodes in the past that spontaneously resolved.


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