Can bacterial infection cause gallbladder disease?

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.
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.

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Could a bacterial infection in the gall bladder cause multiple organ failure?

Severe infection. Where in body can cause multiple system failure. It depends on the location and severity of infection, type of organism causing the infection, host response to infection, and how rapidly effective treatment of infection can proceed. Read more...

Would it be possible that a bacterial infection in the gall bladder cause multiple organ failure?

Overwhelming. Septicemia in any organ cause multiple organ failure. It is rare for acute cholecystitis alone to cause multiple organ failure, unless there are co-morbid conditions such as malignancy, diabetes, hiv, liver disease or kidney failure, but these are general statements, so ask your doctor for specific advice. Read more...

I had a blood bacterial infection that may have been associated with gallstones. I have had no pain in 2&1/2 months. Should the gallbladder be removed?

You need a HIDA scan. Hida scan is a nuclear medicine scan that can tell you if you have acute inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis) or not. If you add cck evaluation, the hida scan can also tell you whether you have chronic inflammation of the gallbladder or poor motility of the biliary tree. Read more...
Need More Info. All else being equal, cholecystectomy is indicated following any episode of cholecystitis, provided one can tolerate elective surgery. Was your infection from the gb? Sepsis is rarely associated with cholecystitis unless a stone exits the gallbladder & obstructs the liver; this is called cholangitis, often requiring endoscopic clearance of the stone (ercp), followed by eventual cholecystectomy. Read more...

Can viral infection cause gallbladder disease?

Not likely. Typical gb disease is caused from precipitation of chemicals into stones. It is unlikely that a viral infection could change this chemical imbalance to make the precipitation more likely. In addition, there has never been any evidence to show that a viral infection could induce the gallbladder to stop working appropriately as in a dysfunctional gallbladder. Read more...
Sometimes . Or it may manifest after a viral illness. Takes gallstones about a year to develop. Read more...

Can parasitic infection cause gallbladder disease?

Yes, very rarely. There are a few types of parasitic worms that are capable of getting into the liver and bile ducts. This happens almost exclusively outside of the United States. Read more...
Yes, rarely. There are a few types of parasitic worms that are capable of getting into the liver and bile ducts. This happens almost exclusively outside of the United States. Read more...

What disease is characterized by frequent bacterial infections?

Immune defect. Impairment in the immune system is usually associated with recurrent infections particularly in the sinus and lung. There are many types of immune defects but a discussion would fill a textbook. Read more...

Do I have some type of disease or bacterial infection if it's odorous down there?

No . Trichomonas and bacterial vaginosis give you a fishy odor. All you need is a cream or antibiotic, then a vinegar douch, folloed by acidophillus in a probiotic pill like provela, or yogurt like activia or danactive. Read more...