Gallbladder polyps are protrusions of the gallbladder lining. They usually do not cause any serious problems, and no special treatment is required. However, you have to visit your doctor to make sure it’s not something else. Now, let us find out more about gallbladder polyps.
Are Gallbladder Polyps Dangerous?
Gallbladder polyps are not dangerous. These lesions are composed of muscle tissues and cholesterol. Gallbladder polyps are usually non-cancerous, but in some (rare) cases, they can grow into tumors.
Gallbladder polyps can be divided into five different types:
Cholesterosis is actually caused by the accumulation of cholesterol in the gallbladder. Adenocarcinoma is a type of cancer; it can be very dangerous, especially if left untreated.
Most gallbladder polyps are 1 centimeter long. Such polyps are believed to be harmless and they do not require any medical treatment. Large polyps can develop if there is too much cholesterol, which makes the muscular lining grow. Polyps that are over 10 mm long may become malignant. This type of polyps is quite risky.
What are the most common symptoms of gallbladder polyps? In most cases, there are no symptoms at all. Polyps are usually asymptomatic. People with gallstones are likely to have polyps, too.
Some people can experience abdominal pain. The pain is located in the upper abdomen, on the right side.
Gallbladder polyps usually do not require medical treatment. Larger polyps have to be treated, because they can be cancerous. To prevent complications, it is best to start treating them right away. Even gallbladder surgery can be required in some cases. If you have gallstones, you should go for regular checks, just in case. If you also have gallbladder polyps, you should talk to your doctor about regular checks. Your doctor will tell you what to do to prevent gallbladder polyps from getting larger.
Talk to your doctor about your diet. People who have gallbladder problems must avoid certain types of foods. If you are at risk of developing some gallbladder problems, you should pay more attention to your diet. The right choice of foods will help you prevent various problems. If you have gallstones, your doctor has probably told you what foods to avoid. Some types of foods must be excluded from your diet, such as fatty foods, sugary foods, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, and fried foods.