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A 37-year-old female asked:

Right side discomfort. gallbladder ultrasound normal but positive murphys sign. the area is itchy. right flank/back is tender & painful. kidney/liver blood tests normal. bloated. if not gallbladder then what?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
If I highly suspect gall bladder symptoms despite a negative ultrasound I ask the patient to be seen by an abdominal surgeon for an opinion. I do this because I have seen negative gall bladder ultrasounds in the presence of sludge or nonopaque gallstones and cholecystectomy resolved the issue.

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