Gallbladder Disease and Gallstones

GS4William Yi, MD, General Surgeon

The most common symptom of gallbladder disease is pain, called biliary colic, which occurs in the upper abdomen, near the rib cage. They include:

  • This kind of gallbladder attack is sometimes accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
  • The attacks may be triggered by large or fatty meals, often waking patients up during the night.
  • They may occur frequently, but not more than once a week.

The symptoms of acute cholecystitis (gallbladder inflammation) are similar to biliary colic but more painful and longer lasting. They include:

  • Pain in the upper right or mid abdomen that is severe and constant. It may last for days. Pain frequently increases when drawing a breath.
  • Pain may also radiate to the back or occur under the shoulder blades, behind the breastbone or on the left side.
  • About a third of patients have fever and chills.
  • Nausea and vomiting may occur.

If you experience any symptoms of gallbladder problems, contact your physician immediately for diagnosis and treatment.


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Baltimore, MD 21225

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