Gallbladder disease is very common, affecting about 10-15% of adults in the U.S. and is most common in people over 40 and people who are overweight.
Gallbladder disease includes inflammation, infection or an obstruction (blockage) of the gallbladder. The most common blockage is gallstones. Gallstones are pebble-like and solid formations of either cholesterol gallstones (made up of hardened cholesterol) or pigment gallstones (made up of small, dark waste products). They can be as large as a golf ball or as small as a grain of sand.
Cholecystitis: Inflammation of the gallbladder
When your gallbladder gets inflamed, it may not empty properly, the gallbladder tissues may be decaying or growths on the gallbladder and ducts may be occuring.
Symptoms of Gallbadder Disease and Gallstones
Symptoms of gallbladder disease may include:
- pain in the upper right side or middle of your abdomen
- abdominal fullness
- clay-colored stool
- yellowing of skin and whites of eyes
The good news is once you are diagnosed, the gallbladder just like your tonsils it can be removed and you can live without it.