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Gallbladder Disease


Symptoms of gallbladder disease are often called a gallbladder "attack" because the symptoms occur suddenly. Gallbladder attacks often follow fatty meals and may occur during the night. A typical attack can cause:

  • Steady pain in upper, right side of abdomen that increases quickly and lasts 30 minutes to several hours
  • Pain in your back between the shoulder blades
  • Pain under your right shoulder

Contact your doctor if you think you have had a gallbladder attack. Although these attacks often go away as gallstones shift or move, your gallbladder can become infected and rupture if a blockage persists.2 People with any of the following symptoms should see a doctor immediately:

  • Pain that lasts more than 4 hours
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chills or fever, even low-grade
  • Yellowish discoloration of the skin or whites of the eyes
  • Clay-colored stools

Many people with gallstones have no symptoms. These gallstones are called "asymptomatic stones" and they do not interfere with how the gallbladder, liver, or pancreas functions.

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