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What are the symptoms of gallbladder disease?

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The most common symptoms of gallbladder disease include pain in the upper right abdomen which can radiate to the back and shoulder, indigestion, nausea, jaundice, and clay-colored stools, according to Everyday Health. Other symptoms such as high-grade fever, chills and chronic diarrhea may also occur, notes Healthline.

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There are many forms of gallbladder disease, most of which present with the same general symptoms of abdominal pain, digestive distress and nausea, reports Everyday Health. These include gallbladder inflammation known as cholecystitis, biliary colic, which is characterized by intense abdominal pain, and chronic gallbladder disease. The development of gallstones is one of the most common forms of gallbladder disease, but gallstones rarely present with any symptoms. Other, more serious gallbladder conditions include empyema, or an abscess in the gallbladder, perforated gallbladder, a tear in the gallbladder wall, and common bile duct infection, all of which can be potentially fatal without immediate medical treatment, reports Healthline.

The common symptoms of gallbladder disease can also signify the presence of extremely rare but dangerous gallbladder conditions, such as gallbladder ileus, which is an intestinal blockage caused by a gallstone, porcelain gallbladder, which is a hardening of the gallbladder walls due to calcium build-up, and gallbladder cancer, notes Healthline. Early medical intervention is critical to the successful treatment of these conditions.

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