Gangrenous gallbladder can be caused by untreated inflammation of gallbladder. This condition can lead to serious problems, some of which can be fatal. Gangrene can be defined as localized death of some cells. This can be caused by various infections or blood supply interruption. It can occur in toes and fingers, but it is also possible in internal organs. Gallbladder is an important organ. Its main function is to store bile. Gallbladder has a considerable role in digestion processes. Gallbladder problems can lead to various problems. Most of these problems can be solved without surgery. However, gallbladder surgery is sometimes the only option. It is a routine surgical procedure, so complications are not very common. Let us learn more about one of the serious gallbladder problems: gangrenous gallbladder.

Gangrenous Gallbladder

If there is any problem affecting the bile outflow, bile can get accumulated and it can expand the wall of the gallbladder. This can lead to inflammation and death of the inner tissue. This is called gangrenous gallbladder.

What Are the Symptoms of Gangrenous Gallbladder?

If there is any problem with gallbladder, you will feel it. You will experience abdominal discomfort, fever, and chills. Bloating and cramps, accompanied by abdominal pain, are also common symptoms of gallbladder disorder. Gangrenous gallbladder can also cause problems like rapid heartbeat, high fever, nausea, vomiting and severe problems with digestion.

Bloating and cramps are especially common in people who have this condition. Fatigue and general weakness are also some of the possible symptoms of gangrenous gallbladder.

How to Treat Gangrenous Gallbladder

Gangrenous gallbladder must be detected in time. If left untreated, this condition can be fatal. Therefore, if you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, you must visit your doctor as soon as possible. Gallbladder is an important organ, and gallbladder disorders can lead to further complications. Gangrenous gallbladder is considered a severe complication, and it must be treated in time.

Gangrene is defined as death of gallbladder tissues, so a surgery will have to be done in order to remove the dead tissues. This can help in preventing the infection from further spreading.

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is also one of the ways to deal with gangrenous gallbladder.

Sphincterotomy is done to remove a gallstone that has blocked the bile duct.

Some cases of gangrenous gallbladder are very serious. In such cases, gallbladder removal is required. After the surgery, a patient will have to moderate his/her diet.

3 Comments on Gangrenous Gallbladder

  1. Delma Martinez says:

    My mother just passed away January 14, 2014 from complications of gangrenous gallbladder. After having the gallbladder removed in November 2013, she went home after a 15 day stay at the hospital. She experienced pain again on December 29, 2013 and was hospitalized. Bile was leaking into her body, causing septic shock, organs shut down, and she was placed on a respirator. I don’t see how this was missed after so many blood tests and doctors should have been aware of the possible complications, in my opinion. The bile affected her intestines, leaving “cheetah-like” print all over them. The intestines began to disintegrate and stopped working and she died. I am left heartbroken because although she was 82 years old, had doctors been more alert, she most likely would have survived. Nurses, too, did not notice that she was beginning to become lethargic and not responding well.

  2. Curtis says:

    Hi Cheryl I had my gallbladder removed with full cut surgery and it was also gangrenous, after years of what I thought was food posining. Ended up having the surgery on March 31st of this year and didn’t even have stones. Since I have had pains in my stomach area and had a bile stint in place and removed. Yet still in pain and know how you feel. Sorry I don’t have the answers you wanted but hang in there. They did blood tests Friday and go back to the doctor Monday… here is wishing you the best…


  3. cheryl teehan says:

    Beginning around march of 2011 I was having abdominal pain, bloating nausea and vomiting. I suffer from high blood pressure and suddenly my blood pressure was lower than my normal range. I had several test including a hida-scan was told I had stones but surgery was not recommended. I was told the pain I had that wrapped around by abdomen and back was due to a nerve in my back I had epidural blocks done to my thoracic area of my back had some relief but still suffered from abdominal pain and bloating in total I lost about 45pds and had no appetite then in May of 2012 I had emergency surgery to remove my gallbladder and it turned out to be gangrene. I developed blood clots after surgery and have to take blood thinners. Unfortunately my symptoms have not improved and have since discovered there were stones left behind. Was wondering if someone could tell me how long it takes a gallbladder to go gangrene and how my Doctor and GI doctor could have missed this and how common is it to have stones left behind and what complications should I be aware of. Feeling kind of hopeless, hoping I can get some answers.
    Thanking you in advance for any information provided

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