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Cholecystitis

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
  • Fever
  • Sweating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaundice
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.