What is Cholecystitis? (Definition)
(Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)
According to the Mayo Clinic, Cholecystitis is a condition which involves inflammation of the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ which is located on the right side of the abdomen, just beneath the liver. The gallbladder holds what is known as bile (a digestive fluid that’s released into your small intestine).
In most cases, gallstones blocking the tube leading out of your gallbladder cause cholecystitis. This results in a bile buildup that can cause inflammation. Other causes of cholecystitis include bile duct problems and tumors.
If left untreated, cholecystitis can lead to serious, sometimes life-threatening complications, such as a gallbladder rupture. Treatment for cholecystitis often involves gallbladder removal.
Most people with gallstones do not have symptoms. When a gallstone lodges in the cystic duct, they can experience abdominal pain in the right upper quadrant or epigastric region (biliary colic). It can occur after eating greasy or fatty foods, and leads to nausea and/or vomiting. People who suffer from cholecystitis most commonly have symptoms of biliary colic before developing cholecystitis. The pain becomes more severe and constant in cholecystitis. Nausea is common and vomiting occurs in 75% of people with cholecystitis. In addition to abdominal pain, right shoulder pain can be present.
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