Acute Cholecystitis


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Acute cholecystitis is inflammation of the gallbladder that occurs due to occlusion of the cystic duct or impaired emptying of the gallbladder. Often this impaired emptying is due to stones or biliary sludge. This activity reviews the evaluation and management of acute cholecystitis and reviews the role of the interprofessional team in caring for patients with this condition.

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At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the risk factors for acute cholecystitis.
  • Describe the classic presentation for a patient with acute cholecystitis.
  • Explain the management of acute cholecystitis.
  • Explain how to improve patient outcomes by employing a well-integrated team approach to the management of patients with acute cholecystitis.


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  • Name: 'acute chole ct_1.jpg' Attribution: Contributed by Scott Dulebohn, M.D.
  • Name: 'acute cholecystitis CT_1.jpg' Attribution: Contributed by Scott Dulebohn, MD
  • Name: 'Figure 1.png' Attribution: Contributed by Amir Borhani, MD
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I continue to find alot of this needs further editing. bad sentence construction and grammar at times. expect better

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