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    What is cholecystitis?

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  • Dr Salena Ward

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Upper GI Surgeon (Abdominal)

    I am a specialist Upper Gastrointestinal (gut) Surgeon, who performs surgery for weight loss, tumours of stomach and oesophagus, reflux, hiatus hernia and gallstones. I … View Profile

    Cholecystitis is infection of the gallbladder.

    90% of the time the infection is related to gallstones (calculous cholecystitis), usually when one of the gallstones gets stuck in the neck (outlet) of the gallbladder, so it is obstructed, and then bacteria can set into the obstructed gallbladder causing infection.

    It is also possible to get infection without obvious stones (acalculous cholecystitis) and the cause of this is less understood but often the patient has another immune compromising condition which may predispose to this infection.

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