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Decoding Blood Test Results for Acute Cholecystitis Diagnosis

Blood tests are a key diagnostic tool for acute cholecystitis, a condition that affects the gallbladder. These tests help doctors confirm the presence of inflammation in the gallbladder and assess its severity. However, understanding blood test results can be challenging for patients who are not familiar with medical terminology.

List of Blood Tests Used to Diagnose Acute Cholecystitis:

1. White Blood Cell Count (WBC)

Elevated WBC count indicates an inflammatory response in the body, including in the gallbladder

2. C-reactive protein (CRP)

Increased CRP levels indicate active inflammation in the body

3. Liver function tests (LFTs)

Abnormal LFTs values suggest liver or gallbladder damage

4. Bilirubin

High bilirubin levels may indicate obstruction of bile ducts

Interpreting Blood Test Results for Acute Cholecystitis:

1. Elevated WBC count and CRP levels are suggestive of acute cholecystitis

2. Mild abnormalities in LFTs may be present even in uncomplicated cases of acute cholecystitis

3. Significantly elevated bilirubin levels suggest a more serious complication called choledocholithiasis or obstruction of bile duct

Blood tests are important tools for diagnosing acute cholecystitis and help doctors assess its severity effectively. Elevated WBC count, CRP levels, abnormal LFTs, and high bilirubin levels are indicators that can suggest inflammation or complications related to this condition. Patients must understand these results to work collaboratively with their healthcare providers towards effective treatment plans tailored to their diagnosis and health needs.

Understanding Acute Cholecystitis
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