A GALL­BLAD­DER AT­TACK?

Health & Nutrition - - SELF CARE -

The gall­blad­der is a pear-shaped sac un­der the liver that stores and con­cen­trates bile. Af­ter meals, the gall­blad­der emp­ties the bile through the bile duct and into the small bowel to aid with diges­tion. Risk of de­vel­op­ing gall­stones rises with age, and they’re more com­mon in women than in men. Less com­mon causes of chole­cys­ti­tis (in­flam­ma­tion of the gall­blad­der) in­clude se­vere ill­ness and gall­blad­der tu­mours. Symp­toms of acute chole­cys­ti­tis in­clude se­vere pain in the area be­low the bot­tom of the right rib cage. Some­times the pain can reach out from the ab­domen to the back, right shoul­der or right side of the neck. The pain can last from 30 min­utes to sev­eral hours. Fever, nau­sea and vom­it­ing may oc­cur, and in­di­ges­tion af­ter eat­ing fatty foods is com­mon. There’s been de­bate in the sur­gi­cal lit­er­a­ture about when the gall­blad­der should be re­moved – right when the at­tack is ac­tive and first di­ag­nosed or at an in­ter­val af­ter the acute episode of chole­cys­ti­tis and gall­blad­der in­flam­ma­tion calms down with an­tibi­otics and a tinc­ture of time. The good news is that you can live pretty well without a gall­blad­der. Your liver will still pro­duce bile, and your in­testines will still have bile avail­able to break down fat. Most doc­tors rec­om­mend avoid­ing fatty or greasy foods, since this can be a bit of a strain on the diges­tive sys­tem.

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