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Gallbladder Disease

Conditions Related to Gallbladder Disease

While the majority of gallstones do not cause painful symptoms, a blockage of the bile ducts can cause an attack and infection. Serious related conditions—such as gallbladder cancer—can develop from the infection.

Conditions Related to Gallbladder Disease

For patients with infrequent symptoms, gallbladder disease can cause non-life threatening related conditions, such as constipation, diarrhea and biliary colic (intermittent upper abdomen pain).

Conditions Related to Gallbladder Attacks

The more serious condition, gallbladder attacks, occur when a continuous blockage in the gallbladder or bile duct causes inflammation. If left untreated, a life threatening infection or even gallbladder cancer can develop.

These other conditions related to gallstones can develop if the blockage is not remedied:

  • Jaundice, a yellowing of the skin
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Infection in the duct (acute cholangitis)
  • Polyps and tumors
  • Gallbladder cancer

These conditions share some of the same symptoms, and therefore can be mistaken for gallstones:

  • Gluten intolerance
  • Celiac disease
  • Cancer
  • Malfunctioning gallbladder
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Gallbladder polyps

Since many conditions share the same symptoms, Florida Hospital specialists advise anyone experiencing these painful symptoms to seek medical help immediately.