Gallbladder - small organ that stores and concentrates bile. It is connected to the liver and helps in the digestion of fats by allowing the mixture of digestive bile with fats.

Bile is a digestive liquid secreted by the liver, that neutralizes acids and emulsifies fats in partly digested food. A muscular valve in the common bile duct opens, and the bile flows from the gallbladder into the cystic duct, along the common bile duct, and into the duodenum (part of the small intestine).

Diseases of the Gallbladder

Sometimes the substances contained in bile crystallize in the gallbladder, forming gallstones. Gallstones are more common in persons over 40, especially in women and the obese.

Removing the Gallbladder

The surgery to remove the gallbladder is called a cholecystectomy. During a cholecystectomy, the gallbladder is removed through cut in the abdomen so the bile is delivered directly from the liver ducts to the upper part of the intestine. The loss of the gallbladder is not lethal but can sometimes cause diarrhea, dehydration from which can sometimes lead to death.

Other complications are:

Symptoms of Gallbladder Problems

Symptoms indicative of gallbladder problems:

General symptoms that can also be related to gallbladder problems:

Gallbladder Attack

Gallagher attacks tend to be more severe and dangerous than the common gallbladder problems. These are symptoms of a gallbladder attack that occur in addition to the common gallbladder symptoms.

Gallstones Symptoms

Symptoms of a gallbladder attack are often caused by gallbladder stones blocking the neck of the gallbladder or stuck in a bile duct inhibiting the flow of bile or possibly causing a backing up of bile.

However, short of causing an actual attack, stones may be present for years and never cause any symptoms at all. Gallstones may exist in the body for years and never exhibit any of the above symptoms. These are called asymptomatic, meaning you do not have any symptoms. These are called silent gallstones.

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