Although the gallbladder is a small organ that your body can do just fine without, it does perform some vital functions and can certainly give you some trouble if it’s not treated properly. There are a number of diseases that can affect the small, pear shaped organ found underneath your liver, and it’s a good idea to visit Dr. Sameer Islam if you find yourself exhibiting one of the many symptoms of a gallbladder condition.
What Are The Most Common Gallbladder Diseases?
The most common gallbladder disease is a result of inflammation and irritation of the gallbladder wall— a condition called cholecystitis. It’s often caused by gallstones blocking the ducts that lead to the small intestine, which can cause bile to build up. The buildup might cause the tissue to die or for gangrene to develop, and it can be either acute or chronic.
Many gallbladder conditions can be attributed to a presence of gallstones, which are small, hard particles that develop in the bile. They usually occur when the gallbladder doesn’t empty completely or frequently enough. Gallstones are most commonly a result of being overweight or obese, eating a high fat or high cholesterol diet, having diabetes, having a family history of the condition, or taking medications that contain estrogen. They are most common in women 60 years of age or older. Many gallbladder conditions, including cholecystitis, choledocholithiasis, acalculous gallbladder disease, sclerosing cholangitis, and gangrene of the gallbladder present with pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, loose stools, and gas, and can be a result of certain infections, injuries, diabetes, surgery, or diseases related to blood circulation.
How Do I Know I Have A Gallbladder Disease?
Gallbladder diseases are best diagnosed by a gastroenterologist, as they are specialists in the digestive system. Dr. Islam has training to diagnose conditions of the gallbladder through simple physical exams, chest and abdominal x-rays, ultrasounds, and blood tests. Treatment of the disease will depend on your individual case and health background, and can range from antibiotics to potentially surgically removing the gallbladder. Although a healthy diet won’t cure gallbladder issues, a high fiber diet rich in healthy fats can help prevent gallstones. If you start to feel the common symptoms of gallbladder disease, make an appointment with Dr. Islam and schedule an exam.