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Gallbladder & gallstones

The gallbladder is a small organ that sits near your liver in the right upper part of your tummy (abdomen). It stores bile, which is released into your intestine to help you digest fat. Gallstones are common and can block the flow of bile. This can cause pain and can make your gallbladder inflamed (cholecystitis or cholangitis). If your gallbladder is causing problems, it may need to be removed by surgery. This operation is called a cholecystectomy (chol-e-cys-tec-toe-me).

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated July 2016.

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