Gangrenous gallbladder is usually caused by gallbladder inflammation that hasn’t been treated. Gallbladder inflammation can result in serious problems if left untreated. Gangrenous gallbladder is just one of the complications that can result from gallbladder inflammation.
Gangrene is defined as localized death of cells. It can occur when blood supply is interrupted, or it can be caused by infections. Gangrene can affect fingers and toes, but it can also affect internal organs.
Gangrenous Gallbladder: What Are the Symptoms?
Gallbladder inflammation is usually caused by gallstones. The inflammatory process can be very severe and it can cause death of the internal tissues of the gallbladder. That is what we call “gangrenous gallbladder”.
The most common symptoms include:
● Abdominal pain
● Abdominal discomfort
● Rapid heartbeat
● High fever
● General weakness
How is gangrenous gallbladder treated?
● Gangrenous gallbladder is easier to treat if diagnosed early. Otherwise, it can be very difficult to treat. In some cases, this condition can cause death. If you experience any of the symptoms we mentioned here, go to your doctor as soon as possible.
● Gangrenous gallbladder is treated with gallbladder surgery. The dead tissues must be removed, and this can only be done surgically. This way, the infection will be prevented from spreading.
● In severe cases, the entire gallbladder will be removed. Laparoscopic surgery is currently the most popular method, because it is not too invasive and the risk of post-operative complications is considerably reduced. This surgery leaves very small scars. The incisions are small and they heal quickly. The entire post-operative recovery does not last too long. The patient will be home the following day (or the same day), and he/she will be able to get back to work (and other activities) in very short time.
● Certain changes will have to be made, when it comes to foods. After having this surgery, the patient will not be allowed to eat certain foods. Gallbladder diet includes fresh vegetables, fruits, non-fat dairy, lean meat and natural juices. Fatty foods, fried foods, fatty dairy, hydrogenated oils, cholesterol-loaded foods, mayonnaise, butter, margarine, fatty sauces, and sugary foods will have to be avoided. Alcohol and caffeine should not be consumed. Healthy diet is extremely important for people who have had gallbladder surgery.