Here you can read about porcelain gallbladder. This condition is very rare, and most of us haven’t even heard about it. We will tell you more about this rare condition. Let us say something about gallbladder and its function. Gallbladder is a small organ that resembles a sack. It is located near the liver, in the upper part of your abdomen. Gallbladder is an important organ. It has a role in digestion processes. Gallbladder stores bile and controls the release of bile into the intestine. Bile is important for digestion – especially for digesting fatty foods.
What Is Porcelain Gallbladder?
As with other organs, gallbladder problems are possible, too. Porcelain gallbladder is one of such problems. Although this condition is rare, you should know more about it. This happens when gallbladder wall becomes encrusted. Precisely, this condition is one of the chronic cholecystits manifestations. The condition is also known as gallbladder wall calcification.
Porcelain gallbladder is usually caused by gallstones. This is what doctors believe, but more researches have to be done in order to determine all possible causes of gallbladder wall calcification. Gallbladder walls become brittle and quite hard.
Let us explain this process. As we know, gallbladder has a role to store bile. Bile comes from the liver, and it is stored in the gallbladder. From there, it is released into the intestines through the bile duct. Gallbladder controls the amount of bile that will be released into the intestines. If bile cannot break the fats properly, more cholesterol will be crystallized, creating gallstones. Gallstones can block the bile duct, leading to gallbladder infection. If this persists, or it remains untreated, it will result in serious problems. One of such problems is called ‘porcelain gallbladder’. The walls of gallbladder will become hard and thick, leading to other problems.
In most cases, this condition is treated with gallbladder surgery. Gallbladder removal is sometimes the only option.
This condition can affect both women and men. However, as with other gallbladder problems, women have more chances to develop porcelain gallbladder.
The worst thing about porcelain gallbladder is the fact that this condition is often asymptomatic. The symptoms usually occur very late, and they include pain in the abdomen, jaundice and vomiting. During the early stage, it is almost impossible to detect this condition.