Acute Cholecystitis Overview
Another name for Acute Cholecystitis is Gallbladder Disease.
What is gallbladder disease?
A person with gallbladder disease has inflammation of the gallbladder, usually caused by gallstones. Gallstones can obstruct the bile duct, causing the gallbladder to become swollen and inflamed. Gallbladder disease is very common. Those who are over the age of 40, Caucasian, Native American, or suffer from obesity are at highest risk for gallbladder disease. Most people recover completely with surgery to remove the gallbladder.
What are the symptoms of gallbladder disease?
Symptoms of gallbladder disease include right upper abdominal pain that may travel to the back. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fever, jaundice, brown urine, and clay-colored stools.
How does the doctor treat gallbladder disease?
Treatment for gallbladder disease includes medications to dissolve gallstones and surgical removal of the gallbladder. Other measures include intravenous fluids and antibiotics.
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