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Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Arlington Heights, IL & Elk Grove Village, IL

You might not often think about your gallbladder, but when you have a gallbladder problem, it can cause severe pain, nausea, and vomiting. The experienced gastroenterology team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elk Grove and Arlington Heights, Illinois, diagnoses and treats a variety of gallbladder diseases. If you have severe abdominal pain, call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or schedule a consultation online today.

Gallbladder Q & A

What is the Gallbladder?

Your gallbladder is a small but essential organ that stores bile produced by your liver until your intestines need it to digest fats. 

The gallbladder is 3-4 inches long and pear-shaped. It’s tucked just below your liver and connects to your small intestine via a thin duct.

What are the Signs of a Gallbladder Problem?

Gallbladder problems cause a variety of painful and disruptive symptoms, including:

  • Pain in your upper right or central abdomen
  • Pain in your chest, right shoulder, or back
  • Abdominal tenderness when touched
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever
  • Excessive gas
  • Dark urine
  • Light-colored stools

Contact the team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group to schedule an exam if you have these symptoms. Most gallbladder problems don’t get better on their own so you’ll medical treatment.

What are Some Common Gallbladder Problems?

Gallstones and cholecystitis are the two most common gallbladder problems.

  • Gallstones: Gallstones are mineral deposits that build up when your gallbladder doesn’t empty often enough and substances in your bile like cholesterol, salts, and calcium solidify and form small stones. Gallstone range in size from as little as a grain of sand to as large as an egg. Your risk of gallstones increases if you’re overweight, have diabetes, or have a condition like Crohn’s disease that interferes with the way your body absorbs nutrients.
  • Cholecystitis: Cholecystitis is the clinical term for inflammation of the gallbladder. You can have acute cholecystitis that emerges suddenly and causes severe pain. Acute cholecystitis is usually caused by gallstones blocking the ducts that lead to the small intestine. Chronic cholecystitis develops when you have recurring attacks of acute cholecystitis and your gallbladder shrinks and isn’t able to store and release bile.

How are Gallbladder Problems Treated?

The team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group begins treatment with a comprehensive exam and tests, including blood work, urinalysis, and imaging studies to diagnose the cause of your symptoms.

When your provider identifies the cause of your symptoms, they create a customized treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and heal your gallbladder. Your treatment can include antibiotics and/or surgical procedures to remove gallstones. In severe situations, your provider may recommend a cholecystectomy — an operation to remove your gallbladder.

If you’re concerned about gallstones or other gallbladder conditions, call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment.