Gallbladder

A mysterious little bugger is that bag of bile: perhaps more than any other organ it's able to elude or confound diagnosis despite such apparent simplicity - Sid Schwab

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12 Facts About the Gallbladder

Don't feel too bad if you forgot you have a gallbladder—it's one of those body parts that people tend to ignore unless there's a problem. Here's a refresher: It's that small pouch beneath the liver whose primary function is to store bile, which helps you digest fats. So the next time you wolf down a Quarter Pounder with cheese, you can thank your gallbladder for doing its part. Here are a few other things you should know.

1. IT’S THE SIZE OF A SMALL PEAR, AND IT LOOKS LIKE ONE, TOO.

Right before you take your first bite of pizza, your gallbladder is full of bile—an alkaline fluid that's produced in the liver, transported to the gallbladder, and then released…

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 12 Facts About the Gallbladder

Don't feel too bad if you forgot you have a gallbladder—it's one of those body parts that people tend to ignore unless there's a problem. Here's a refresher: It's that small pouch beneath the liver whose primary function is to store bile, which helps you digest fats. So the next time you wolf down a Quarter Pounder with cheese, you can thank your gallbladder for doing its part. Here are a few other things you should know.

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Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)

Imaging studies are the mainstay of diagnosis of biliary tract diseases. Ultrasound (US) and CT are common modalities for initial workup of these entities, while endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), and hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid (HIDA) scans serve to further confirm and, in the case of ERCP, treat these conditions.

Everyday Health

While gallstones are the most frequent cause of gallbladder symptoms, it’s possible for your bile ducts to become blocked or narrowed due to rare causes, such as gallbladder cancer.

Live Science

Cholecystitis is the most common type of gallbladder disease, and often what medical professionals associate with the phrase. Knowlton described it as "inflammation of the gallbladder." It is caused by gallstones obstructing the ducts to the small intestine.

MedicineNet

The major gallbladder problems that produce gallbladder pain are biliary colic, cholecystitis, gallstones, pancreatitis, and ascending cholangitis.

MedlinePlus

Many gallbladder problems get better with removal of the gallbladder. Fortunately, you can live without a gallbladder. Bile has other ways of reaching your small intestine.

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