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Can gallbladder cause gangrene?
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General Surgery 17 years experience
Not cause, become.: A gallbladder cannot cause gangrene, however a gallbladder can become gangrenous as a result of severe infection if left untreated. This is called gangrenous cholecystitis, and is often seen in patients with diabetes.
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Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
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General Surgery 36 years experience
See below: Gangrene of the gallbladder can occur. In acute cholecystitis with cystic duct obstruction, mounting pressure in the gallbladder essentially cuts of the blood supply leading to gangrene and necrosis. some patient, especially diabetics, can have gallbladder infections with gas forming organisms including species of Clostridium, essentially a form of gangrene.
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Last updated Jan 1, 2021
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