cases, gallstones blocking the tube leading out of your gallbladder cause
cholecystitis. This results in a bile buildup that can cause inflammation.
Other causes of cholecystitis include bile duct problems, tumors, serious
illness and certain infections.
untreated, cholecystitis can lead to serious, sometimes life-threatening
complications, such as a gallbladder rupture. Treatment for cholecystitis often
involves gallbladder removal.
symptoms of cholecystitis may include:
·Severe pain in your upper right or center abdomen
·Pain that spreads to your right shoulder or back
·Tenderness over your abdomen when it's touched
signs and symptoms often occur after a meal, particularly a large or fatty one.
see a doctor
appointment with your doctor if you have worrisome signs or symptoms. If your
abdominal pain is so severe that you can't sit still or get comfortable, have
someone drive you to the emergency room.
occurs when your gallbladder becomes inflamed. Gallbladder inflammation can be
·Gallstones. Most often, cholecystitis is the result of hard particles
that develop in your gallbladder (gallstones). Gallstones can block the tube
(cystic duct) through which bile flows when it leaves the gallbladder. Bile
builds up, causing inflammation.
·Tumor. A tumor may prevent bile from draining out of your
gallbladder properly, causing bile buildup that can lead to cholecystitis.
·Bile duct blockage. Kinking or scarring of the bile
ducts can cause blockages that lead to cholecystitis.
·Infection. AIDS and certain viral infections can trigger gallbladder
·Blood vessel problems. A very severe illness can damage
blood vessels and decrease blood flow to the gallbladder, leading to
gallstones is the main risk factor for developing cholecystitis.
can lead to a number of serious complications, including:
·Infection within the gallbladder. If bile builds
up within your gallbladder, causing cholecystitis, the bile may become
·Death of gallbladder tissue. Untreated
cholecystitis can cause tissue in the gallbladder to die (gangrene). It's the
most common complication, especially among older people, those who wait to get
treatment, and those with diabetes. This can lead to a tear in the gallbladder,
or it may cause your gallbladder to burst.
·Torn gallbladder. A tear (perforation) in your gallbladder may result from
gallbladder swelling, infection or death of tissue.
reduce your risk of cholecystitis by taking the following steps to prevent
1.Lose weight slowly. Rapid weight loss can increase
the risk of gallstones. If you need to lose weight, aim to lose 1 or 2 pounds
(0.5 to about 1 kilogram) a week.
2.Maintain a healthy weight. Being
overweight makes you more likely to develop gallstones. To achieve a healthy
weight, reduce calories and increase your physical activity. Maintain a healthy
weight by continuing to eat well and exercise.
3.Choose a healthy diet. Diets high in fat and low in
fiber may increase the risk of gallstones. To lower your risk, choose a diet
high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.