A 60 year old obese female has come into the ER due to severe RUQ pain for the past two hours. Patient also reports increasing nausea but denies emesis. Patient states she has been told she has cholelithiasis by her family physician following a milder episode of this pain two years ago. In addition to server pain, patient displays a moderate degree of scleral jaundice. Abdominal ultrasound identified acute cholecystectomy to remove the gallbladder and all gallstones. She recovered without incident

1.Define each of the patients symptoms

2. The patient has severe RUQ pain. What organs are located in the RUQ?

3. After reading the definition of jaundice, what is most likely causing this patient to have it?

4. Describe the diagnostic imaging procedures this patient received

5. What is the difference between cholelithiasis and cholecystitis?

6. The patients gall bladder was removed laparoscopically. What does that mean?

Expert Answer

1. The patient symptoms are: • RUQ pain: It means that the patient is having pain in the right upper quadrant. • Nausea: It is stomach discomfort and a sensation of an urge to vomit. • Emesis: It is an act of expelling the stomach c…

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