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Dr. Jarrod Kaufman
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Cholecystitis (Overview)

Inflammation of the gallbladder, a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, beneath your liver. The gallbladder holds a digestive fluid that's released into your small intestine (bile).


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How does having cholecystitis change things?

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

Dr. Jarrod Kaufman
203 doctors shared insights

Cholecystitis (Overview)

Inflammation of the gallbladder, a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, beneath your liver. The gallbladder holds a digestive fluid that's released into your small intestine (bile).


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What are the real symptoms of cholecystitis?

Cholecystitis: Symptoms can include pain after eating fatty foods, on the right side of the abdomen, radiating to the back. ...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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Can you tell me in acute cholecystitis, if the diagnosis is evidently clinically, is an usg abdomen still a must?

Can you tell me in acute cholecystitis, if the diagnosis is evidently clinically, is an usg abdomen still a must?

Yes: An ultrasound would be used to tell if the paiins are from the gallbladder or not. There are many causes of abdominal pain. There are no pure "clinical" findings for acute cholecystitis without appropriate testing (physical exam, blood tests, ultrasound). ...Read more

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How is cholecystitis diagnosed usually?

Exam and test: A diagnose of cholecystitis is combination of history and exam (upper and right upper abd pain, pain after eating) and rafipgraphic study (ultrasound and maybe hida scan. ...Read more

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What are the tests for cholecystitis?

Exam and test: A diagnose of cholecystitis is combination of history and exam (upper and right upper abd pain, pain after eating) and rafipgraphic study (ultrasound and maybe hida scan. ...Read more

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Can Crohn's disease cause cholecystitis? And what can I do to manage gall bladder pain?

Can Crohn's disease cause cholecystitis? And what can I do to manage gall bladder pain?

Yes: Crohn's disease (especially ileal disease) can be associated with gallstones and gallbladder disease. Need to see md if having cholecystitis, especially if taking cd meds that affect white blood cells or immunity. Generally, should remove gallbladder once episodes of gallbladder attacks, to avoid complications like infection of bile duct or pancreatitis (inflammation). ...Read more

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I ve been treated for more than 4 years of pre ulcerous & chronic colitis &thickening of the gall bladder wall (but still have chronic cholecystitis)?

I ve been treated for more than 4 years of pre ulcerous & chronic colitis &thickening of the gall bladder wall (but still have chronic cholecystitis)?

Isolated: Gallbladder wall thickening on an ultrasound or ct scan, without gallstones, may have no meaning. Needs more evaluation such as hida scan. Thickening of the gallbladder without gallstones can be from liver or protein abnormalities, or other benign situations. If it is from gallstones, then surgery may be indicated to remove the gallbladder. ...Read more

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What is the usual course of treatment for cholecystitis?

Depends: If the cholecystitis (gallbladder inflammation) is caused by gallstones, then laparoscopic surgery to remove the gallbladder is likely the best choice. If it is from biliary dyskinesia without gallstones, then option of trying medications or surgery may be considered. Your doctor can help your decision process depending on your conditions. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for chronic cholecystitis?

Surgery: The only cure is to remove your gallbladder. You will most likely feel much better. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of cholecystitis?

Cholecystectomy: The treatment for inflammation of the gallbladder is to surgically remove it. During the initial phase, treatment includes antibiotics and no oral intake until the gallbladder "cools off" for a day or two, then it is removed. If the gallbladder has swollen to the point of rupture, it is removed immediately. Gallbladder is not an essential organ. ...Read more

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Do calcium tablets give you biliary sludge and cholecystitis? Should I stop taking these when I have cholecystitis?

Do calcium tablets give you biliary sludge and cholecystitis? Should I stop taking these when I have cholecystitis?

Biliary sludge: Is caused like gallstones from an imbalance of Lecithin, Cholesterol and Billirubin. Calcium does not usually play a role. ...Read more

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Help can cholecystitis be due to genetics?

Yes: Anyone can get cholecystitis. The traditional teaching about who is at higher risk is the 5 'F''s.

Fertile (many post-partum women)
Fat (no explaination needed)
Forty (same)
Female (same, probably due to #1)
Familial

Certain ethnic groups seem to have a higher incidence as well as those with sickle disease or trait ...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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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

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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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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 are the tests for cholecystitis?

Exam and test: A diagnose of cholecystitis is combination of history and exam (upper and right upper abd pain, pain after eating) and rafipgraphic study (ultrasound and maybe hida scan. ...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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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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How is cholecystitis diagnosed usually?

Exam and test: A diagnose of cholecystitis is combination of history and exam (upper and right upper abd pain, pain after eating) and rafipgraphic study (ultrasound and maybe hida scan. ...Read more

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What interventions work for cholecystitis?

What interventions work for cholecystitis?

Cholecystitis Tx: IV antibiotics can be given to treat an acute inflammation of the gallbladder. However, the only way to cure and prevent further attacks of cholecystitis is to have the gallbladder surgically removed (cholecystectomy) ...Read more

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What are the real symptoms of cholecystitis?

Cholecystitis: Symptoms can include pain after eating fatty foods, on the right side of the abdomen, radiating to the back. ...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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How fast can I make my cholecystitis go away?

Not possible: Gallstones in an inflamed gallbladder do not go away. Low fat diet is a start but you are walking on thin ice here... Confer with a surgeon. ...Read more

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Is flaygl normally prescribed for cholecystitis?

Is flaygl normally prescribed for cholecystitis?

Can be useful: Cholecystitis is an inflammation of the gall bladder. A variety of antibiotics can be used to treat this condition. Flagyl is usually used with a specific bacterium — Bacteroides spp. Flagyl works great with anaerobic bacteria. ...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 is allowed to eat for someone with cholecystitis?

Depends: If having pain, fever, nausea etc then, fluids or IV fluids.
If no pain, bland small portions non- fatty if it hurts stop! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cholecystitis?

What is the definition or description of: cholecystitis?

Chronic vs. Acute: Chronic cholecystitis describes recurrent episodes of pain due to transient (1-2 hrs) obstruction of the outflow tract of the gallbladder called the cystic duct, usually due to stones; aka biliary colic. Rx involves elective surgery. If the obstruction persists for 24 + hrs, inflammation may set in, often requiring urgent surgery--we call this acute cholecystitis. ...Read more

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