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Can you die from cholecystitis?

Can you die from cholecystitis?

Uncommon: Left untreated, cholecystitis may lead to rupture of the gall bladder with spread of infection to the abdominal cavity, peritonitis and septicemia and death. ...Read more

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Cholecystitis (Definition)

Cholecystitis is inflammation of the gallbladder causing epigastric and/or right upper quadrant abdominal pain occasionally radiating to the right flank and back. This is usually caused by gallstones, and ranges in severity from ...Read more


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Do a lot of people get cholecystitis?

Do a lot of people get cholecystitis?

Yes: Chronic cholecystitis is caused by transient obstruction of the gallbladder by a gallstone, causing right-upper or upper-midline pain(non-cramping, severe, radiating into back); it is often associated with nausea+/-vomiting. Acute cholecystitis will cause the same pain, however it may last for a day or more, and may be associated with fever. ~750, 000 operations/yr in us, so it is quite common. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cholecystitis?

What sort of disease is cholecystitis?

Gallbladder Disease: Chronic cholecystitis is synonymous with biliary colic: it is transient obstruction of the gallbladder by gallstones causing (severe) right-upper abdominal pain. Acute cholecystitis is inflammation of the gallbladder due to persistent obstruction, sometimes requiring urgent surgery for rx. ...Read more

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What are the best home remedies for cholecystitis?

Bad Idea.: Acute cholecystitis is inflammation of the gallbladder due to persistent obstruction, typically by stones. This may improve without surgery, but it is unpredictable. More likely, it can get worse if left untreated, which will take a simple-to-treat disease and turn it into a situation where the risks of surgery are greater. There is no benefit to "sit" on this disease--please seek treatment asap. ...Read more

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What are the real symptoms of cholecystitis?

Cholycystitis: Symptoms can include pain after eating faty foods, on the right side of the abdomen, radiating to the back. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of cholecystitis bad?

Are the symptoms of cholecystitis bad?

Meaning severe?: Acute cholecystitis, "gallbladder attack": severe, upper abdominal pain, sometimes radiating between shoulder blades, associated often with vomiting. Can have fever, dark urine, pale stool, especially if stone gets stuck in bile ducts. Can have infection, and/or pancreatitis-both serious, potentially life-threatening problems. ...Read more

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The thought of getting cholecystitis scares me. What are risk factors for it?

The thought of getting cholecystitis scares me. What are risk factors for it?

Gallstones: Cholecystitis may be chronic, causing repeat episodes of upper abdominal pain lasting "hours", or acute, causing constant pain which may require urgent surgery to treat. With rare exception, these diseases are due to gallstones, which can be easily diagnosed by a simple ultrasound. This may also be easily treated through out-patient minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery. ...Read more

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How does having cholecystitis change things?

Surgery?: If you have cholecystitis (gallbladder infection) generally surgical removal of your gallbladder is necessary and recommended. After surgery, in addition to post operative discomfort, loose stools and nausea are common but generally resolve over time. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cholecystitis?

GB inflammation: Cholecystitis is inflammation of the gallbladder causing epigastric and/or right upper quadrant abdominal pain occasionally radiating to the right flank and back. This is usually caused by gallstones, and ranges in severity from mild to life threatening. ...Read more

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Is cholecystitis painful?

Is cholecystitis painful?

Yes: Chronic cholecystitis or biliary colic is caused by transient obstruction of the gallbladder by a gallstone, causing fairly classic right-upper or upper-midline pain(non-cramping, severe, radiating into back); the pain is often associated with nausea+/-vomiting and bloating. Acute cholecystitis will cause the same pain, however it may last for a day or more, and may be associated with fever. ...Read more