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Cancer of the Gallbladder Evaluation
- Abdominal tenderness in the right-upper quadrant of the abdomen.
- Jaundice may be present if there is blockage of the bile duct.
- Enlarged gallbladder
Testing is usually required to confirm the diagnosis of gallbladder cancer and determine the severity of the condition.
Tests that may be used to evaluate gallbladder cancer includes:
- Serum amylase
- Serum lipase
- Serum bilirubin
- Complete blood count
- Liver profile
- Kidney profile
- Blood cultures
Gallbladder imaging tests that may be used to evaluate gallbladder cancer include:
- Abdominal x-rays
- Ultrasound of the abdomen
- CT scanning of the abdomen
- MRI scan of the abdomen
- Nuclear scanning of the gallbladder (HIDA scan)
- Offers the additional benefit of allowing for the removal of gallstones from the common bile duct, avoiding the need for emergency surgery.
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PubMed Cancer of the Gallbladder References
- Larsson SC, Wolk A. Obesity and the risk of gallbladder cancer: a meta-analysis. Br J Cancer. 2007 May 7;96(9):1457-61. Epub 2007 Mar 20. 
- Miller G, Jarnagin WR. Gallbladder carcinoma. Eur J Surg Oncol. 2008 Mar;34(3):306-12. Epub 2007 Oct 26. Review. 
- Reid KM, Ramos-De la Medina A, Donohue JH. Diagnosis and surgical management of gallbladder cancer: a review. J Gastrointest Surg. 2007 May;11(5):671-81.