Gallbladder Disease

Gallbladder disease encompasses various negative issues that affect your gallbladders such as gallstones, cholecystitis, and biliary dyskinesia.

What is gallbladder disease?

The gallbladder serves as a storage and release organ for bile, which aids in digestion. Gallbladder disease encompasses various issues and conditions that negatively impact the gallbladder. These conditions include:

– Gallstones: Solid particles that obstruct the passage to the gallbladder and bile ducts.
– Cholecystitis: Inflammation of the gallbladder, often caused by gallstones. Over time, the gallbladder may shrink and lose its ability to release bile.
– Choledocholithiasis: Inflammation of the gallbladder resulting from a gallstone lodged in the exit pathway.
– Acalculous gallbladder disease: Inflammation of the gallbladder without the presence of gallstones.
– Biliary dyskinesia: Abnormally low gallbladder function.
– Sclerosing cholangitis: Persistent inflammation and damage to the bile duct system, leading to scarring.

If you are affected by any of these gallbladder conditions, it is advisable to consult our specialists who will guide you through the treatment process.

What causes gallbladder disease?

Gallbladder disease can be attributed primarily to the development of gallstones. These stones are formed when cholesterol and other substances present in liver bile congeal and solidify. Additionally, conditions such as tumours that obstruct proper bile drainage, infections, or blood vessel problems can contribute to gallbladder disease.

Regardless of the underlying cause, you can seek specialised assistance from the largest physician-led network of gastroenterologists in the country. An expert from The Gut Clinic UK will assess your condition and assist you in determining the most suitable treatment approach.

What are the symptoms of gallbladder disease?

Symptoms of gallbladder disease include:

– Nausea
– Fever
– Abdomen tender to the touch
– Vomiting
– Pain that spreads to your back or right shoulder
– Severe abdominal pain, especially in your upper right or center abdomen

If you experience any of these troubling GI tract symptoms, contact our Specialists at The Gut Clinic UK right away.

What are the treatments for gallbladder disease?

The treatments for gallbladder disease include various approaches depending on the specific condition. To minimise the risk of gallstones, it is advisable to maintain a healthy weight, lose weight gradually if necessary, and adopt a healthy lifestyle. Many gallbladder diseases can be diagnosed through a simple ultrasound, although your doctor may recommend additional imaging such as a CT or MRI scan. If treatment becomes necessary, the following options may be considered:

– Fasting: This approach allows the inflamed gallbladder to rest, reducing inflammation.
– Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy): Surgical removal of the gallbladder may be recommended in certain cases.
– Medications: Some medications can help dissolve gallstones.
– Antibiotics: If an infection is present, antibiotics may be prescribed.
– Pain relief medication: Medications can be prescribed to alleviate pain associated with gallbladder disease.

Please note that the specific treatment plan will be determined by your healthcare provider based on your individual condition and needs.


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