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  Gallbladder Cancer
Cancer of the gallbladder, an uncommon cancer, is a disease in which cancer (malignant) cells are found in the tissues of the gallbladder.
When food is being broken down (digested) in the stomach and the intestines, bile is released from the gallbladder through a tube called the bile duct that connects the gallbladder and liver to the first part of the small intestine.
The symptoms of cancer of the gallbladder may be like other diseases of the gallbladder, such as gallstones or infection, and there may be no symptoms in the early stages.
www.cancer-info.com /gallblad.htm   (1031 words)

  Gallbladder Disease
Gallbladder disease is swelling of the gallbladder, a pear-shaped organ under the liver that secretes bile, a fluid that helps with digestion.
A gallbladder attack is caused by inflammation of the gallbladder.
Most gallbladder surgery today is performed with a laparoscope, an instrument that shows the surgeon pictures of your gallbladder as it is being removed and allows for a smaller incision and a shorter hospital stay than traditional surgery.
www.umm.edu /altmed/ConsConditions/GallbladderDiseasecc.html   (1016 words)

 Gallbladder - Mark Fusco MD
The gallbladder is a structure on the underside of the liver on the right side of the abdomen.
gallbladder is to store bile that is produced in the liver before the bile is secreted into the intestines.
When the gallbladder is not functioning properly, the components of the bile become out of balance leading to the formation of solid crystals.
www.markfuscomd.com /gallbladder.htm   (672 words)

 Cholecystitis: Gallbladder Disorders: Merck Manual Home Edition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Acute cholecystitis is the sudden onset of inflammation of the gallbladder, resulting in severe, steady upper abdominal pain (biliary colic), which may occur repeatedly.
In chronic cholecystitis, the gallbladder is damaged by repeated attacks of acute inflammation, usually from gallstones, and may become thick-walled, scarred, and small.
A gallbladder attack accompanied by jaundice (see Manifestations of Liver Disease: Jaundice) and other evidence of a backup of bile into the liver (cholestasis), such as passing light-colored stools, indicates that the common bile duct is obstructed (usually partially) by a stone.
www.merck.com /mmhe/sec10/ch140/ch140c.html   (976 words)

 Gallbladder Cancer- Health Encyclopedia and Reference
Cancer of the gallbladder is a disease in which cancer cells are found in the tissues of the gallbladder.
The management for all gallbladder cancer types is the same, always depending upon the extent of the tumor at the time of diagnosis.
The symptoms of gallbladder cancer may be simular to other diseases of the gallbladder, such as gallstones or infection.
www.healthcentral.com /encyclopedia/408/28.html   (810 words)

 Cancer Treatment Centers of America: Gallbladder Cancer Information and Treatment Options
Cancer of the gallbladder, a rare form of cancer, is a disease in which cancer (malignant) cells are found in the tissues of the gallbladder.
The gallbladder is actually and extension of the bile duct that carries bile from the liver to the intestine.
Surgery to remove the gallbladder, called a cholecystectomy, is the most common treatment for gallbladder cancer, since your gallbladder is not a vital (essential for life) organ.
www.cancercenter.com /gallbladder-cancer.cfm   (513 words)

 Gallbladder Cancer Treatment - National Cancer Institute
Gallbladder cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the gallbladder.
Gallbladder cancer is a rare disease in which malignant (cancer) cells are found in the tissues of the gallbladder.
A dye may be injected into the gallbladder area so the ducts (tubes) that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder and from the gallbladder to the small intestine will show up better in the image.
www.cancer.gov /cancertopics/pdq/treatment/gallbladder/Patient/page1   (1481 words)

 Gallbladder nuclear medicine scan Encyclopedia of Medicine - Find Articles
A gallbladder condition might be suspected if a patient has chronic or occasional pain in the upper right side of the abdomen.
A gallbladder nuclear medicine scan may be used to diagnose gallstones, blockage of the bile duct or other abnormalities, and to assess gallbladder functioning and inflammation (cholecystitis).
An abnormal scan may show abnormal gallbladder emptying (suggesting gallbladder dysfunction or inflammation), or gallstones in the gallbladder or in the bile duct.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_g2601/is_0005/ai_2601000566   (744 words)

 Gallbladder disease
The sole function of the gallbladder is to store bile, which is produced in the liver and aids in the digestion of fats in the small intestine.
A gallbladder attack occurs when the gallstone blocks the flow of bile from the gallbladder and is manifested as a pain in the right side (sometimes perceived in the right shoulder because of referred pain) as severe as the excruciating pain of a heart attack.
In some cases, the gallbladder is removed only to reveal that it wasn't the source of the pain, that there was some other somatic cause unrelated to whatever stones or sludge might have appeared in the gallbladder.
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 Treatment of gallbladder problems and alternatives to gallbladder surgery - gallbladder flushing and gallstone removal
The gallbladder is connected to the spleen by nerves and is also closely connected to the liver.
Anyone with gallbladder problems or with gallbladder removed should avoid or minimize foods that weaken the liver or spleen such as white flour, white sugar, caffeine, chocolate and deep fried foods.
Once the gallbladder is removed, the bile lost its storage space and tends to accumulate in the liver.
www.sensiblehealth.com /gallbladder.html   (4688 words)

 Introduction: Gallbladder Disorders: Merck Manual Home Edition
The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ located beneath the liver.
When bile is needed, the gallbladder contracts, pushing the bile through the lower portion of the bile duct into the small intestine.
Occasionally, an injury during gallbladder surgery may cause an obstruction, or the duct may be narrowed as it passes through a chronically diseased pancreas.
www.merck.com /mmhe/sec10/ch140/ch140a.html   (110 words)

 UMCCC: Gallbladder Cancer
Gallbladder cancer is rare but it is the most common type of malignancy of the bile tract.
Gallbladder cancer is treated in the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center's Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Clinic.
The gallbladder, which is linked by small ducts to the liver and small intestine, acts as a storehouse for bile, the substance needed to digest fats.
www.cancer.med.umich.edu /cancertreat/gastro/gallbladder_cancer.shtml   (736 words)

 AllRefer Health - Gallbladder Disease (Biliary Disease, Gallbladder Attack)
Inflammation, infection, stones, or obstruction of the gallbladder.
The gallbladder is a sac located under the liver.
Bile is released from the gallbladder in response to food, especially fats, in the upper small intestine (duodenum).
health.allrefer.com /health/gallbladder-disease-info.html   (301 words)

 Gallbladder cancer
Although the exact cause of gallbladder and bile duct cancers isn't clear, researchers believe that DNA in the cells of your biliary tract may be damaged by toxins that are routinely metabolized by your liver.
Gallbladder adenocarcinoma is highly invasive and can quickly penetrate deep into the gallbladder wall, moving through layers of tissue from the inner surface to the outside of the gallbladder.
Diagnosing gallbladder cancer earlier than this is difficult because the gallbladder is hidden behind the liver and so is relatively inaccessible, because signs and symptoms don't develop until late in the disease, and because when symptoms do appear, they can easily be mistaken for those of many other conditions.
www.cnn.com /HEALTH/library/DS/00425.html   (4717 words)

 Consumer Information Center: Gallstones   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ located beneath the liver on the right side of the abdomen.
The gallbladder's primary functions are to store and concentrate bile, and secrete bile into the small intestine at the proper time to help digest food.
The gallbladder is connected to the liver and the small intestine by a series of ducts, or tube-shaped structures, that carry bile.
www.pueblo.gsa.gov /cic_text/health/gallstones/gallstns.htm   (2039 words)

 Gallbladder Cancer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
In cases where gallbladder cancer is found prior to surgery, radical cholecystectomy is recommended.
When unsuspected cancer is found in the gallbladder wall after simple cholecystectomy, reoperation to resect part of the adjacent liver and the nearby lymph nodes may improve survival.
It is important that patients with gallbladder cancer be evaluated by a surgeon with experience treating this condition, since surgery is the only potentially curative therapy.
www.ellisfischel.org /liver/gallBladder.shtml   (217 words)

 Gall Bladder Disease
When fat is eaten, this stimulates the gallbladder to contract and bile flows down the cystic duct, into the common bile duct and through the ampulla of Vater into the intestine.
The attacks are caused by a stone becoming stuck either in the junction of the gallbladder and the bile duct or in the duct itself.
The muscle in the wall of both gallbladder and duct contracts in an effort to move the stone and this produces intense pain usually felt under the ribs on the right-hand side of the abdomen.
www.uphs.upenn.edu /surgery/clin/gi/gallblad.html   (955 words)

 Gallstones and Gallbladder Disease - UMMC
One study demonstrated that gallbladder removal reduced the likelihood of bile duct cancer, suggesting that gallstones themselves were responsible.
Small gallbladder polyps (up to 10 mm) pose little or no risk, but large ones (greater than 15 mm) pose some risk for cancer, so the gallbladder should be removed.
Symptoms of gallbladder cancer are usually not present until the disease has reached an advanced stage and may include weight loss, anemia, recurrent vomiting, and a lump in the abdomen.
www.umm.edu /patiented/articles/how_serious_gallstones_gallbladder_disease_000010_3.htm   (1041 words)

 ACS :: What Is Gallbladder Cancer?
Gallbladder cancers whose cells grow along a finger-like skeleton of connective tissue and blood vessels are called papillary cancers.
About 6% of all gallbladder cancers are papillary adenocarcinomas, and almost all the rest are mucinous adenocarcinomas, adenosquamous carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, or small cell carcinomas.
Gallbladder cancers are graded by how closely they look like normal (non-cancerous) gallbladder tissue when viewed under a microscope.
www.cancer.org /docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_4_1X_What_is_gall_bladder_cancer_68.asp   (334 words)

 eMedicine - Gallbladder Tumors : Article by Michael K McLeod, MD
Lesions of the gallbladder are quite rare; however, with the increased use of diagnostic studies, such as computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound, the rate of incidental detection of lesions of the gallbladder is increasing.
They appear as yellow spots on the mucosal surface of the gallbladder and are characterized as epithelial-covered macrophages laden with triglycerides and esterified sterols in the lamina propria of the mucosal layer of the gallbladder.
Gallbladders containing gallstones that are greater than 3 cm in diameter have a 10 times greater risk for developing malignancy than those containing gallstones that are 1 cm in diameter.
www.emedicine.com /med/topic2711.htm   (2864 words)

 Gallbladder cancer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Cancer of the gallbladder is cancer of the pear-shaped organ that lies on the undersurface of the liver.
Gallbladder cancer is often misdiagnosed because it mimics other more common conditions, such as gallstones, cholecystitis, and pancreatitis.
About one percent of all patients who have their gallbladder removed for symptomatic gallstones are found to have gallbladder cancer.
www.healthatoz.com /healthatoz/Atoz/ency/gallbladder_cancer.jsp   (1125 words)

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