Inflammation of the gallbladder

Gallbladder inflammation (cholecystitis) is most commonly caused by gallstones. Typical symptoms include pain in the upper right-hand side of the abdomen, accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

Overview

Gallbladder inflammation (cholecystitis) is most commonly caused by gallstones. Typical symptoms include pain in the upper right-hand side of the abdomen, accompanied by nausea and vomiting. If you have these symptoms, you need to see a doctor immediately.

Symptoms

  • Pain (often in the upper right abdomen) which worsens when pressed
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever

Causes and treatment

Causes

  • Most frequently, gallstones block the flow of bile, which leads to inflammation of the gall bladder
Risk factors
  • Obesity
  • Female gender
  • Pregnancy
  • Older than 40

Further treatment by your doctor / in hospital

Possible tests
  • Blood tests
  • Ultrasound (sonography)
  • Rarely: CT scan (computed tomography)
Possible therapies
  • Medication
  • Operation (usually to remove the gallbladder)

What can I do myself?

When to see a doctor?

  • Pain (often in the upper right abdomen) which worsens when pressed, combined with

The pain can come and go, or grow steadily worse. If nausea and fever occur at the same time, gall bladder inflammation is suspected.

Synonyms

cholecystitis

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