Gall Bladder Infections Causes and Treatment for Gall Bladder Problems

By | November 19, 2008

Signs of Gall Bladder Problems and Gall Bladder Stones Treatment

Gallbladder diseases include infection or inflammation of the gallbladder with or without the presence of stones or obstruction. Gallbladder is a small sac like organ located below the liver. The main function it performs is to store and concentrate the bile produced by the liver. Bile is an important component essential for the digestion of fats in the intestine. It is released from the gallbladder in response to a fatty meal in the intestine. Any condition that obstructs or slows this normal function of gallbladder can result in gallbladder disease.

Types and Symptoms of Gall Bladder Problems

Gallbladder diseases can cause gallbladder infection but no urinary bladder infection. Also generally there is no difficulty in passing stools if you have gallbladder disease. However if you surgically remove your gallbladder, you may experience a mild form of diarrhea for some time. This is because the bile from the liver is directly secreted in the intestine instead of gallbladder (where it is stored and concentrated). As a result after gallbladder surgery, some people may experience a mild form of diarrhea. But this is not a cause for concern and if you choose your diet correctly (low fat diet and high fiber diet) then this problem can also be eliminated.

There are 2 common types of gallbladder disease – cholelithiasis or gallstones and cholecystitis or gallbladder infection. Other symptoms of gallbladder disease include flatulence or abdominal fullness, severe abdominal pain located especially on the left side or on the upper middle of the abdominal, this pain usually occurs after meals or after eating or drinking fatty foods or fluids that can decrease in 12-15 hours, fever, shaking and chills, jaundice, nausea, vomiting and heart burn. Gallstones are formed generally due to excess cholesterol or bile pigment concentration in the gall bladder and these gallstones in turn can lead to inflammation of the gallbladder. The stones can vary in size from few mm to few cm. Women are at greater risk of developing gallbladder diseases; however men can also suffer from the same. Other risk factors for gallbladder disease include obesity, family history, high cholesterol levels, women on contraceptive pills or drugs containing estrogen and people with certain chronic intestinal inflammation. If you experience any major symptoms for gallbladder disease or other symptoms that bother you like bladder infection or difficulty in passing stools then consult a specialist for correct diagnosis. This is because the treatment will largely depend on the cause and diagnosis of your condition and symptoms you experience.