Conditions that can cause an enlarged bladder include cholecystitis and bladder cancer. Cholecystitis is the medical term for an inflamed or swollen gallbladder.Continue Reading
The gallbladder is a small organ that releases bile into the small intestine. If bile cannot pass from the gallbladder because of a blockage, then the gallbladder can become inflamed. Some other causes of this condition can be an infection, gallstones, tumor or injury. A complication of cholecystitis can be an enlarged gallbladder according to the Mayo Clinic.
Some symptoms of cholecystitis can be abdominal pain on the right side, vomiting and fever.
Gallbladder enlargement also can be a symptom of gallbladder cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
Treatment is dependent on the cause and symptoms associated with an enlarged gallbladder. For example, in some cases, acute cholecystitis may require removal of the gallbladder. Only a doctor can diagnose properly an enlarged gallbladder and recommend treatment.Learn more about Gastrointestinal Issues
A full recovery from traditional gallbladder removal surgery, or open cholecystectomy, is four to six weeks, according to the Mayo Clinic. In contrast, typical recovery from the less invasive laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is about seven to 10 days, according to WebMD.Full Answer >
The symptoms of a bad gallbladder include indigestion, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain. The pain is potentially sharp or dull, depending on the condition. Pain and symptoms sometimes worsen after a greasy meal, reports Everyday Health.Full Answer >
Though other conditions can mimic a gallbladder attack, a person should suspect she's having one if she feels a sudden, colicky pain in the upper right abdomen, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The pain usually lasts several hours and occurs after heavy meals,Full Answer >
Gallbladder stones, or gallstones, can grow as large as a golf ball, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The gallbladder can form many small, sand-grain-sized gallstones, one large gallstone or a combination of large and small stones.Full Answer >