What is cholecystitis?
Cholecystitis is an inflammation of the gallbladder wall and nearby abdominal lining. Cholecystitis is usually caused by a gallstone in the cystic duct, the duct that connects the gallbladder to the hepatic duct. Other causes of cholecystitis may include the following:
- Bacterial infection in the bile duct system
- Tumor of the pancreas or liver
- Decreased blood supply to the gallbladder
- Gallbladder “sludge”
What are the symptoms of Cholecystitis?
Certain symptoms of Cholecystitis include:
- Severe pain in your upper right abdomen
- Radiating pain towards your right shoulder
- Tenderness over your abdomen when touched
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Loss of appetite
Treatment for cholecystitis:
Treatment for acute cholecystitis usually involves a hospital stay, to reduce stimulation to the gallbladder. Antibiotics are usually administered to reduce the inflammation and/or fight the infection. Sometimes, the gallbladder is surgically removed.