What causes cholecystitis?
Cholecystitis is caused by multiple factors, including obstruction of a bile duct by gallstones, infection, injury, or tumor. The most common cause of cholecystitis is cholelithiasis, or gallstones, that cause obstructions in the bile ducts. Cholecystitis caused by infection, trauma and tumors can result in possible blockage and perforation of the gallbladder.
When acute cholecystitis occurs, it may interfere with the flow of bile and cause bile to become trapped in the gallbladder, resulting in inflammation and possible bacterial infection. In rare cases, perforation of the gallbladder is also possible. Chronic cholecystitis is commonly caused by recurring episodes of acute cholecystitis, resulting in thickening of the gallbladder walls and a loss of gallbladder function.
What are the risk factors for cholecystitis?
A number of factors increase the risk of developing cholecystitis. Not all people with risk factors will get cholecystitis. Risk factors for cholecystitis include:
Reducing your risk of cholecystitis
Although some risk factors, such as age and gender, cannot be modified, you may be able to lower your risk of cholecystitis through lifestyle changes including:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Getting regular physical activity
- Losing weight slowly
- Maintaining a healthy weight
What is cholecystitis?
Cholecystitis is the medical name for inflammation of the gallbladder. The gallbladder assists in the digestive process by storing and releasing the substance called bile into the small intestine, which helps break down food. Cholecystitis is most often the result of an obstruction within a duct in the gallbladder. Ga... Read more about cholecystitis introduction
What are the symptoms of cholecystitis?
Cholecystitis causes a backup of bile in the gallbladder that may result in a number of symptoms. The symptoms can vary in intensity among individuals.... Read more about cholecystitis symptoms
How is cholecystitis treated?
Treatment for cholecystitis begins with seeking medical care from your health care provider. To determine if you have cholecystitis, your health care provider may ask you to provide blood samples and undergo diagnostic tests.... Read more about cholecystitis treatments