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A 32-year-old female asked:

Is it normal to have a low grade fever (99.1-99.3) on the day the gallbladder is removed?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Gallbladder: Gallbladder surgery in itself does not in itself cause and elevated temperature. However, Gallbladder problems can. If you were starting to get an elevated temp it is an indication to get the gallbladder out. Ask your surgeon if there was evidence for Cholecystitis.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Post-op fever.: It wouldn’t be unusual for you to experience a temperature elevation within 24 hours of an operation. The cutting results in the body wanting to heal itself. And healing is accomplished by inflammation. The cells of inflammation release pyrogens, which elevate the temperature a bit. So a low grade fever (< 100.4) would be OK in those first 24 hours, assuming you’re healing well otherwise.

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