Gallstones (Cholelithiasis) Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Mar 31, 2017
  • Author: Douglas M Heuman, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Consider that both intra-abdominal and extra-abdominal pathology can present as upper abdominal pain, and that these conditions often coexist with cholelithiasis. Among the different entities to consider are peptic ulcer disease, pancreatitis (acute or chronic), hepatitis, dyspepsia, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome, esophageal spasm, pneumonia, cardiac chest pain, and diabetic ketoacidosis. A careful history and physical examination should guide further workup.

Differential Diagnoses