Gallbladder

The gallbladder is a small pouch that sits just under the liver. The gallbladder stores bile produced by the liver. Bile helps digest fats, but the gallbladder itself is not essential. Removing the gallbladder in an otherwise healthy individual typically causes no observable problems with health or digestion yet there may be a small risk of diarrhea and fat malabsorption. The surgical removal of the gallbladder is called a cholecystectomy. The major gallbladder problems that produce gallbladder pain are biliary colic, cholecystitis, gallstones, pancreatitis, and ascending cholangitis.

Gallbladder is a small organ where bile is stored and concentrated before it is released into the small intestine. Humans can live without a gallbladder. The surgical removal of the gallbladder is called a cholecystectomy. The main purpose of the gallbladder is to store bile, also called gall, needed for the digestion of food. The gallbladder is part of the biliary system and serves as a reservoir for bile, which is produced by the liver. The liver produces the bile and then it flows through the hepatic ducts into the gallbladder. The bile that is secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder is not the same as the bile that is secreted by the gallbladder.

  • Gall Bladder - anatomy & physiology
  • Gallstones
  • Cholecystitis
  • Bile duct stones
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Gallstone pancreatitis
  • Gallbladder abnormality tests
  • Gallbladder tuberculosis
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC)
  • Gall bladder diet and nursing care

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