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What are the tests used to diagnose gallbladder problems?

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Tests for gallbladder problems include:

  • Liver tests,  blood tests that can show evidence of gallbladder disease
  • A blood test to check the levels of the enzymes amylase or lipase to look for inflammation of the pancreas
  • A complete blood count (CBC)
  • Ultrasound testing
  • Computed tomography (CT), a detailed X-ray images of the organs in your belly.
  • A HIDA scan to measure gallbladder emptying function. This test is also called cholescintigraphy.
  • Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), which uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to produce detailed pictures
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). This is a procedure in which a tube is put down the patient's throat, into the stomach, then into the small intestine. Dye is injected and the ducts of the gallbladder, liver, and pancreas can be seen on X-ray.

SOURCE: National Institutes of Health. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 17, 2017

SOURCE: National Institutes of Health. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 17, 2017

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