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Cholecystitis

AMBULATORY CARE:

Cholecystitis

is inflammation of your gallbladder. Your gallbladder stores bile, which helps break down the fat that you eat. It also helps remove certain chemicals from your body. You may have a sudden, severe attack (acute cholecystitis) or several mild attacks (chronic cholecystitis).


Common signs and symptoms include the following:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fever or chills
  • Lump on the right side of your abdomen
  • Pain in your abdomen, often after you eat a big meal with fatty foods
  • Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes

Call 911 for any of the following:

  • You have chest pain or trouble breathing.

Seek care immediately if:

  • You have severe pain in your abdomen.
  • You urinate less than usual.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever or chills.
  • You have nausea or vomiting.
  • You have decreased appetite.
  • You have pain when you urinate.
  • Your skin or eyes turn yellow.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Treatment for cholecystitis

may include any of the following:

  • Medicines:
    • Antibiotics help treat or prevent a bacterial infection.
    • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask how to take this medicine safely.
  • Cholecystostomy is a procedure to drain bile from your gallbladder by placing a hollow needle through your abdomen. You may also have a tube inserted in your gallbladder to drain it over several days or weeks.
  • Cholecystectomy is surgery to remove your gallbladder.

Eat a variety of healthy foods:

This may help you have more energy and heal faster. Healthy foods include fruit, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meat, and fish. Ask if you need to be on a special diet.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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