The gallbladder, though a relatively small organ, is vital to healthy gastrointestinal function. This pear-shaped organ stores bile, a liquid created by your liver to aid in fat digestion. When functioning correctly, the gallbladder releases bile to the small intestine through a tube called the common bile duct.
Possible causes of gallbladder disease include:
Symptoms may include:
Because most gallbladder diseases are related to blockages, symptoms can be similar. These symptoms are often referred to as “attacks” because of their sudden, sharp pain. These attacks regularly follow fatty meals or occur during the night.
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