Signs and Symptoms
Gallstones are generally asymptomatic. Symptoms include:
• Mild nausea
• Abdominal discomfort
• Biliary colic-sharp upper abdominal or right-sided pain under the ribcage. The pain may shoot towards the back or right shoulder
• Poor appetite
• Dark urine
• Light colored stools or change in bowel habits
Cholecystitis presents similarly to the above but the obstruction of the gallbladder (cystic) duct is persistent and fever is common.
A patient with cholecystitis also may exhibit Murphy's sign
(discomfort so severe that the patient stops breathing during someone pushes a hand in the abdomen over the gallbladder) or jaundice.