Signs And Symptoms Of Gallbladder Disease

Cholecystitis or gallbladder disease will/has affected 20-25 million Americans. Its prevalence continues to increase annually (NCBI). You can easily decrease your risks of getting gallbladder disease, by eating a healthy diet and committing to a daily workout regimen.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Severe, intermittent Abdominal Pain (possibly radiating up the right shoulder blade and around the back)
  • Abdominal Fullness and Cramping
  • Fever
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and sclera)
  • Light-colored Stools
  • Dark–colored Urine

Complications

There are many complications that may arise, if the gallbladder disease goes untreated for a specified amount of time.

  • Gallbladder Abscess (empyema) is the development of pus, WBCs, bacteria, and dead tissue in the gallbladder. This is a life threatening condition, because the infection can potentially go systemic or spread to other body tissues
  • Common Bile Duct Infection
  • Acalculous Gallbladder (without stones)
  • Choledocholithiasis (gallstones that develop in the gallbladder, but make their way to the common bile duct)
  • Gallbladder Polyps (benign growth)
  • Gallbladder Malignancy
  • Intestinal Obstructions
  • Perforation in the Gallbladder (hole in gallbladder)

Treatment

  • Antibiotics
  • Open Cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder surgically)
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder laproscopically)