Are you suffering pain in your abdomen? It might be a gallbladder problem.
A gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ located in the upper right portion of your abdomen, just below your liver.
As a digestive organ, the gallbladder plays an important role in your health. Bile is the primary purpose of this organ. When you eat fats, your liver produces bile, a digestive fluid that aids in the breakdown of fats. Bile is stored in and excreted from your gallbladder. In the liver, bile is primarily composed of cholesterol, bilirubin, and salts of bile.
Problems Involving Your Gallbladder
There are a lot of problems that may arise concerning your gallbladder. Problems with the gallbladder are typically caused by issues with the bile ducts, which are the tubes that carry bile from the liver, gallbladder, and small intestine. Gallstones, also known as cholelithiasis, are a common cause of obstruction. Gallstones develop in the gallbladder when bile-hardening substances build up there over time.
Other gallbladder problems include:
Your gallbladder is inflamed when you have cholecystitis. If your gallbladder is blocked by a gallstone, you may experience a condition known as bile duct obstruction. In most cases, surgery is necessary to treat cholecystitis.
These are growths in the tissue that may or may not be harmful. Larger polyps may necessitate surgical excision to prevent cancer or other complications from arising.
An inner gallbladder wall that is calcium-encrusted is referred to as a “porcelain gallbladder.” A bluish cast often develops on the wall as it becomes brittle, hard, and crumbly.
Inflammation of the pancreas caused by gallstones and pancreatitis. An obstruction of the pancreatic duct just before it drains into the small intestine is caused by the passage of an errant gallstone through the common bile duct into the body.
Cancer of the gallbladder is extremely rare. The right upper quadrant of your abdomen may be bothersome to you at this time. However, this pain is more likely to be caused by a different condition.
Signs and symptoms of gallbladder disease
Gallbladder problems can cause a wide range of symptoms. Gallstones, which is the number one problem concerning the gallbladder, can go unnoticed or unfelt for years in some people. It can be dangerous if gallstones block your gallbladder or pancreas from receiving the bile they need.
All gallbladder conditions have the same symptoms. These are:
- Pain in the upper-right section of the abdomen
- Nausea or vomiting
- Chronic diarrhea
- Stool Abnormality
- Discolored urine
Treatment for Gallbladder Disease
Treatment is not necessary for the majority of people with gallstones that do not cause symptoms. Your symptoms and the results of diagnostic testing will help your doctor determine if treatment for gallstones is necessary.
It’s possible that your doctor will advise you to be on the lookout for signs of gallstone complications, such as worsening pain in the right upper abdomen. It is possible to receive treatment if you experience symptoms of gallstones in the future.
Treatment for gallbladder disease include:
Because gallstones frequently recur, surgery to remove your gallbladder may be recommended by your doctor. Bile is no longer stored in your gallbladder after your gallbladder is removed. Instead, it flows directly into your small intestine.
In fact, having your gallbladder removed has no effect on how well you digest food. However, it can cause temporary diarrhea.
In some cases, you may have to undergo surgery to remove your gallstones. Despite the fact that surgery to remove the gallbladder is relatively safe, there is always some risk involved.
Gallstone problems are treatable. In some cases, you will be prescribed Gallstone-dissolving medications such as Ursodiol, Urso Forte,and Reltone, which can be taken orally. There is a chance that months or even years of treatment may be required to dissolve your gallstones, and they may return if treatment is stopped.
Another option that does not include surgery is Lithotripsy. In lithotripsy, large kidney stones are broken up into smaller pieces using sound waves. High-energy shock waves are another name for these types of sound waves. Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy is the most common form of lithotripsy (ESWL).
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