Acute cholecystitis

Cholecystitis - acute; Gallstones - acute cholecystitis

Acute cholecystitis is sudden swelling and irritation of the gallbladder. It causes severe belly pain.

Digestive system

The esophagus, stomach, large and small intestine, aided by the liver, gallbladder and pancreas convert the nutritive components of food into energy and break down the non-nutritive components into waste to be excreted.

Cholecystitis, CT scan

This is a CT scan of the upper abdomen showing cholecystitis (gall stones).

Cholecystitis - cholangiogram

Cholelithiasis can be seen on a cholangiogram. Radio-opaque dye is used to enhance the x-ray. Multiple stones are present in the gallbladder (PTCA).


Cholecystolithiasis. CT scan of the upper abdomen showing multiple gallstones.

Gallstones, cholangiogram

A cholecystogram in a patient with gallstones.

Gallbladder removal - Series

The gallbladder is located in the abdomen on the underside of the liver. The gallbladder stores bile (digestive fluid) from the liver.



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When to Contact a Medical Professional