Gallbladder disease (main)


Gallbladder disease types

Gallbladder anatomy (overview).
Gallbladder anatomy

Anatomy & Pathophysiology

  • Gallstones are classified as cholesterol stones and pigmented stones (black and brown), and are present in approx 20% of females and 8% of males in the United States
  • These stones cause the majority of all biliary tract problems, and depending on where the stone become impacted, specific problems occur.
  • Bile flows out the gallbladder, down the cystic duct into the common bile duct, and ultimately into the 1st portion of the duodenum.

Clinical Features

  • RUQ pain
  • Additional features vary by pathology

Differential Diagnosis

RUQ Pain



  • Analgesia PRN
  • Management varies per specific pathology


  • Dependant on pathologic process

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