Nursing Care Plan – Cholelithiasis
Cholelithiasis is the formation of gallstones, which are composed of cholesterol, calcium salts, and bile pigments. When gallstones block the flow of bile, the gallbladder becomes swollen, leading to the possibility of pain, inflammation, or infection. The signs and symptoms of cholelithiasis often do not begin until the gallstone causes blockage in the biliary system. They may include, abdominal pain, usually in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen, jaundice, fever. Tests and procedures that can detect cholelithiasis include x-rays, CT scan, ultrasound, ERCP, and a cholecystogram.