Located near the stomach, the
gallbladder is responsible for
releasing bile (produced by the
liver) to help digest fat.
The gallbladder stores gall bile which is a substance that your
body produces to break down fat during the digestive process.
The gallbladder releases this substance in regulated amounts
so that fat from digested foods can be properly absorbed into your system.
If the organ gets diseased, or if you develop an acute problem with gallstones, symptoms usually appear after eating. These may include bouts of nausea, vomiting, or pain under the abdomen or back that sometimes radiates around the upper right torso.
What causes gallstones? Although there are several reasons, the most common is buildup of cholesterol within the system that hardens into crystals and eventually into "stones" that are hard to process by the gallbladder.
have gallstones and don't even know it. That is, until blockages occur.
If gallstone attacks are causing pain, sometimes the easiest course of action is to follow a prescribed low-fat gallbladder diet to give the gallbladder a rest from processing fats and thereby relieve some of the most painful symptoms of flare-ups.
If the condition becomes chronic, surgical removal of the gallbladder can be easily accomplished through laparoscopic surgery, afterwhich the liver alone takes over responsibility for digesting fats.
Around the Web, find out more about gallbladder diseases and conditions including help with symptoms, treatment information, low-fat diets, and related recipes...
More about gallstones and gallbladder diseases around the Web:
Diseases - MedLinePlus offers top links
to information on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gall
bladder diseases, facts on gallstones, related diets, and gallbladder
cancer risk factors
- National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse has
a simple overview of what gallstones are, why they can become
a problem, how to treat them and other helpful information
on dieting and gallbladder problems.
and Gallstones - Vomiting after eating fatty foods,
plus other symptoms, and things to avoid, together with advice
on diets and weight loss, treatments and suggested reading from
the National Institutes of Health.
Gallstones and Gallbladder Disease -
Detailed FAQ from the University of Maryland Medical Center
with information & illustrations explaining gallbladder
inflammation, gallstones, and gallbladder cancer with links
to more on symptoms and treatment.
in Women -
From the American College of Gastroenterology featuring a
fact sheet on women most at risk, symptoms, diagnosis, related
complications and treatment.
information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.