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Can bacterial infection cause gallbladder disease?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Other way around.: Gallbladder disease is almost always secondary to gallstones blocking the cystic duct that empties the gallbladder. Persistent blockage leads to acute inflammation of the gallbladder called acute cholecystitis. Studies have shown that the bile is secondarily infected with bacteria approximately 15% of the time.
Dr. John Rimmer
General Surgery 39 years experience
Gallstones: Gallstones are formed in the gallbladder and may not cause symptoms . Gallstones in the gallbladder are associated with bacteria in the bile and if the bile in the gallbladder gets infected it causes cholecystitis which makes you very unwell and requires surgery to remove the gallbladder.

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Last updated Feb 17, 2019

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