What is Cholecystitis?

Cholecystitis meaning An inflammation of the gallbladder wall and nearby abdominal lining. Cholecystitis is usually caused by a gallstone in the cystic duct, the duct that connects the gallbladder to the hepatic duct. Other causes of cholecystitis may include the following: Bacterial infection in the bile duct system. The bile duct system is the drainage system that carries bile from the liver and gallbladder into the area of the small intestine called the duodenum. Tumor of the pancreas or liver. Decreased blood supply to the gallbladder. This can sometimes occur in persons with diabetes. Gallbladder "sludge." This "sludge" is a thick material that cannot be absorbed by bile in the gallbladder and most commonly occurs in pregnant women or individuals who have experienced a rapid weight loss.Cholecystitis can occur suddenly or gradually over many years.


reference: national Cancer Institute – Glossary for Registrars

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