A bad gallbladder can have a variety of causes. Learn the signs of a bad gallbladder, what causes a bad gallbladder, how doctors diagnose a bad gallbladder, and what you can do to treat a bad gallbladder. Read more: What Are the First Signs of a Bad Gallbladder? Article
Multimedia: Slideshows, Images & Quizzes
Digestive Disorders: What Your Poop Type and Color Mean
The different shapes and colors of your stool can tell you something about your health.
Digestive Disorders: 23 Constipation Myths and Facts
Constipation results in fewer bowel movements. Laxatives, home remedies, and diet changes may bring constipation relief. Change...
Super Tips to Boost Digestive Health: Bloating, Constipation, and More
Upset stomach? Some foods may be the culprits, and bad habits may be to blame. Treat your body right with these simple nutrition...
Digestive Disorders: Foods That Help or Hurt Tummy Cramps
What you eat can affect your cramps -- for better or for worse. Here are the best and worst foods and drinks for when you’re in...
Digestive Disorders: Worst Foods for Digestion
Discover which foods to avoid in order to prevent diarrhea and digestive problems. Find out which foods can trigger diarrhea and...
Digestive Disorders: Common Misconceptions
Learn about the digestive system and common misconceptions of digestive disorders. Read about what causes ulcers, heartburn,...
Digestive Health: Why Am I Bloated?
Bloating is a sign and symptom of gas in the stomach or GI tract. Certain foods or health problems like constipation may cause...
Digestive Health: 10 Probiotic Foods That Help Digestion
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria and yeasts found in probiotic foods and fermented products like kimchi, kombucha, and kefir....
Gallstones: Test Your Medical IQ
What are gallstones? Take this quiz to learn why they form and what you may be able to do to prevent them.
Related Disease Conditions
Gallbladder Pain: Relief, Causes, and Diet
Gallbladder pain (often misspelled "gall bladder") is generally produced by of five problems, biliary colic, cholecystitis, gallstones, and pancreatitis. Causes of gallbladder pain include intermittent blockage of ducts by gallstones or gallstone inflammation and/or sludge that also may involve irritation or infection of surrounding tissues, or when a bile duct is completely blocked. Treatment of gallbladder depends on the cause, which may include surgery.
What Does Chest Pain on the Left Side Above a Female Breast Mean?
Chest pain on the left side above a female breast can have a variety of causes. Learn the signs of chest pain on the left side, what may cause it, how doctors diagnose it, and what you can do to treat it.
The Digestion Process (Parts, Organs, and Functions)
Digestion is the complex process of turning the food you eat into the energy you need to survive. The digestive process also involves creating waste to be eliminated, and is made of a series of muscles that coordinate the movement of food. Learn more about digestion and the body parts that make it possible, including the mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, anus, pancreas, liver, and gallbladder.
Gallstones are stones that form when substances in the bile harden. Gallstones (formed in the gallbladder) can be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball. There can be just one large stone, hundreds of tiny stones, or any combination. The majority of gallstones do not cause signs or symptoms; however, when they do occur the primary sign is biliary colic. Symptoms of biliary colic are constant pain for 15 minutes to 4-5 hours, and it may vary in intensity; nausea, severe pain that does not worsen with movement; and pain beneath the sternum. Treatment of gallstones depends upon the patient and the clinical situation.
Can Gallstones Go Away on Their Own?
The bile contents may sometimes crystallize and form gallstones. If there are no symptoms, a regular follow-up would suffice. Natural remedies and medical management may prevent worsening of the condition. Treatment is necessary if the stones cause pain or swelling of the gallbladder. Surgery may be required if nonsurgical treatments fail or there is a high risk of complications.
What Foods Should I Avoid With Cholecystitis?
What is cholecystitis and what causes it? Learn which foods to avoid to reduce your risk of gallstones and acute cholecystitis.
Can Cholelithiasis Cause Cholecystitis?
What is the difference between cholelithiasis and cholecystitis?
How Do I Know if I Have Gallstones?
What are gallstones? Learn about how and why they form, signs and symptoms of a gallbladder attack and how they can be treated.
Nonsurgical Treatment Options for Gallstones
Bile contents in the bile may sometimes crystallize and form gallstones. They may be as small as a grain of salt or as large as a tennis ball, causing serious complications. The treatment of gallstones usually involves surgical removal of the gallbladder.
Gallbladder cancer is a rare form of cancer with symptoms that include jaundice, abdominal pain, fever, nausea and vomiting, abdominal lumps, and bloating. Risk factors include being female and Native American. Treatment of gallbladder cancer depends upon the stage of the cancer, the type of gallbladder cancer, and whether the cancer can be removed by surgery.
Is Gallbladder Cancer Aggressive?
Gallbladder cancer (GBC) is one of the aggressive cancers of the biliary tract. The gallbladder generates and concentrates bile that aids in the digestion of fats. GBC is a rare, yet deadly cancer of the gastrointestinal tract.
Mercedes Benz Sign (Gallbladder): Radiology and Medical
The presence of Mercedes Benz sign in radiological findings (computed tomography or CT of the abdomen) may indicate gallstones in the belly. Mercedes Benz sign is a collection of nitrogen gas among the stones.
Why Do You Get Gallstones?
The bile contents in the bile may sometimes crystallize and form gallstones. The potential causes of gallstones include high cholesterol, high bilirubin and decreased bladder emptying. Risk factors for gallstones include female gender, age over 40, obesity, weight loss, sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, family history, diabetes, liver disease, pregnancy, blood disorder and use of certain medications.
Digestive Disorders Resources
Subscribe to MedicineNet's General Health Newsletter