Gallbladder disease is defined by a blockage of the bile ducts and the inability of bile to flow from the liver to the intestines.
Gallbladder disease may be caused by gallstones, which develop for various reasons and can obstruct the flow of bile from the gallbladder or bile ducts. Bile which contains digestive enzymes is stored in the gallbladder and travels from the liver to the intestines through the bile ducts.
The gallbladder may also cause symptoms without the presence of gallstones. If the gallbladder is unable to contract (squeeze) normally, right upper quadrant abdominal pain may result, particularly with meals.
Symptoms of gallbladder disease include:
If your child experiences symptoms of gallbladder disease, a pediatric gastroenterologist can perform the following exams and tests to help make a diagnosis:
Treatments for gallbladder disease include:
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The pediatric gastroenterologists and surgeons at Riley at IU Health are working together to conduct research on the subject of gallbladder function. Ask your child's doctor for more information about this research endeavor.
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