What was the cause of the gallbladder pain you experienced?
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What are the causes of gallbladder pain?
As stated previously, the major gallbladder problems that produce gallbladder
pain are biliary colic, cholecystitis, gallstones, pancreatitis, and ascending
cholangitis. There are two major causes of pain that either originate from the
gallbladder or involve the gallbladder directly. They are due to 1) intermittent or
complete blockage of any of the ducts by gallstones; or 2) gallstone sludge and/or
inflammation that may accompany irritation or infection of the surrounding
tissues, when partial or complete obstruction of ducts causes pressure and
ischemia (inadequate blood supply due to a blockage of blood vessels in the
area) to develop in the adjacent tissues.
Gallstones usually form in the
gallbladder, but may form in any of the ducts. When the gallbladder is
compressed (squeezed by musculature), bile usually goes out through the ducts
into the GI tract; however, if gallstones or gallstone sludge is present, there
can be partial or complete blockage of the ducts with pressure on the
surrounding tissue, sometimes enough to cause local ischemia. Other processes
such as trauma can cause gallbladder pain. Infection of the biliary ducts and
the gallbladder, usually occurring after gallstone obstruction also can cause
Illustration of Gallstones Forming in the Gallbladder