All you need to know about gall bladder symptoms

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For those who do not know yet, the gall bladder is a pear shaped organ, small sized, located in the right side of the body, close to the liver, just under the ribs. The gall bladder has an important role in the digestion process as it stores and then releases a compound named ‘bile’ into the small intestine helping the human body digest fats that come from foods.

Even though it is a tiny organ, the gall bladder can suffer of many problems: gallstones, inflammations, colic and even perforation. All these affections can be differentiated by the symptoms they give, and by recognizing them you will know what to do and where to go in order to receive treatment, especially as some of the following gall bladder affections are emergencies.

Gallstones are one of the most frequent affections of the gall bladder. They appear mostly in women that are overweight, and are over 40 and more rarely in younger persons and men. When the gallstones are tiny they might go unnoticed. Sometimes they cause nausea, vomiting and colic and if they get bigger and tend to block the exit of the bile they can even cause jaundice and in rare cases the perforation of the gall bladder.

The perforation of the gallbladder is an emergency as it can lead to peritonitis (a severe infection of the peritoneum, associated with abdominal pain, fever, chills and wooden abdominal muscles). Although this is a rare affection of the gall bladder (approximately 10 % of gall bladder affection sufferers develop this condition) it is very severe and can lead to death. In the moment the gall bladder ruptures, the pain and colic might go away, but after a few hours the discomfort will come back in an acute way and the signs of peritonitis will become more and more obvious.

Another affection of the gall bladder would be gangrene or abscess. The inflammation that can occur by the erosion gallstones perform on the wall of the gall bladder will cause an abscess and furthermore a necrosis. Studies have shown that this affection is mostly encountered in adult men, aged over 50 that associate heart conditions and have an increased level of infections. In more sever cases pus can accumulate inside the gall bladder (this is called empyema). Abdominal pain is also present, but it does not disappear as fast as the pain caused by gallstones. Here it lasts for about seven days. The bad thing with the pus is that it can migrate to other organs affecting them too and this makes empyema a life threatening condition.

If you know you have a family history of gall bladder affections you should be careful as you might present a certain level of susceptibility to gall bladder conditions. Watch your diet, eat healthier, do not overreact with fats and alcohol and go for a medical check up as soon as you notice any of the previous listed symptoms of gall bladder affections.




  1. makenzie says:

    i know all of the symtems but i wont to know about the gallbalader itself.

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