Gallbladder diseases refer to conditions that can affect your gallbladder.
The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped sac that can be found under your liver. Your liver produces bile, and it is then stored in the gallbladder. The gallbladder’s function is to excrete bile into the small intestine to help digest fats.
One of the primary causes of gallbladder diseases is inflammation due to irritation of the gallbladder walls. This is because gallstones block the ducts that lead to the small intestine, causing bile to accumulate and resulting in inflammation.
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Gallstones are small solid pieces of material usually made of cholesterol, which form in the gallbladder. In many cases, they do not cause symptoms and do not need to be removed. However, if the gallstones are trapped in the bile duct of the gallbladder, you will suddenly feel intense pain and need to be treated immediately.
Symptoms include: Sudden and intense abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting.
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2. Gallbladder Infection
A gallbladder infection, also known as cholecystitis, is inflammation of the gallbladder. This usually occurs when a gallstone blocks the cystic duct, resulting in a bile buildup.
Symptoms include: Acute pain in upper right abdomen, Pain beneath right shoulder blade or back.
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Jaundice is a condition with yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, caused by the excess of the pigment bilirubin. Bilirubin is produced as a waste by-product when red blood cells break down naturally during each 120-day cycle. Infections or damage may interfere with this process, resulting in jaundice.
Symptoms include: Yellowing of the whites of your eyes and skin, dark urine and light stools, itchiness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain.
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