A 42-year-old female asked:
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how do you know if you have gallstones or a gallblader infection?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Infection: Active infection causes fever and elevated white blood cell count. But if you have gall stones and pain, you probably some element of infection smoldering.
Answered on Sep 11, 2013
Dr. Barry Cohen
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Easiest: Way is a sonogram to diagnose some lab tests but are less specific ct scan can also show them.
Answered on Sep 11, 2013
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
See a physician: Clinical examination/history and imaging studies (i.E ultrasound, mri), can definitively make the diagnosis, so see a physician if you are having significant pain in the right upper quadrant of your abdomen.
Answered on Sep 11, 2013
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
38 years experience General Surgery
Usually not infected: Most gallbladder problems are not truly infections, but rather blockage of the gallbladder opening by gallstones (called biliary colic or cholecystitis), exemplified by pain after eating and nausea. In the event the bile actually get infected, patients can become very sick, with elevation in bilirubin, fever, elevated white count (cholangitis). Diagnosis is made clinically and by ultrasound.
Answered on Sep 23, 2013
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
See a doctor: Gallstones may cause intermittent upper abdominal pressure discomfort & nausea that gets worse after eating & then resolves. Gallbladder infection is less common & usually related to gallstones & blockage of the gallbladder or bile duct. Usually would be associated with severe upper abdominal pain that does not go away, nausea & vomiting. Needs evaluation & proper testing with your doctor to tell.
Answered on Sep 12, 2013

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