What are the symptoms of acute cholecystitis?

Symptoms of Acute Cholecystitis

Some main symptoms of acute cholecystitis are:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Pain, usually after meals
  • Abdominal bloating
  • At times, yellowing of the skin (jaundice) or of the whites of the eyes may occur at the very onset of the disease, and at times later on in the progression of the disease. It could so happen that jaundice does not occur at all. Depending on whether or not jaundice is present, clay-colored stool may be present (acholic stool)

Description of Pain

Pain of the biliary colic (pain due to gallstones) is a strong continuous pain, felt as a pressure in the solar plexus, which further spreads in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen, and in the right shoulder. Biliary colic sets on suddenly, unexpectedly.

At times, the severe pain is preceded by small disturbances which may have previously occurred. These small pains retreat quickly by themselves.

Pain often begins after consumption of a very fatty meal, or simply, a very large meal. This type of pain is severe, like a sudden attack which only grows worse, progressively.

Patient could also experience pain which increases during motion or when breathing. They may adopt a forced posture in order to try and alleviate the pain.

They may also experience lack of appetite, may feel nauseated, or may frequently vomit, exuding greenish colored vomit. A low fever may also be experienced, and shivers, perspiration, anxiety, pallor and bloating of the belly may accompany the pain as well.

Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 23 Jan 2018
Medical Author: Dr. med. Diana Hysi