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    Can cholecystitis be prevented?

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    Dr Kenneth Wong

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon

    Dr Ken Wong is a very experienced specialist surgeon focussing on keyhole surgery techniques for gallstones, bowel cancer, hernia and weight loss surgery. He graduated … View Profile

    No, generally, cholecystitis cannot be prevented. Once gallstones develop, the gallstones can block parts of the gallbladder and prevent passage of bile. This can lead to super-imposed infection of the gallbladder causing the gallbladder to become inflamed. This will lead to thickening of the gallbladder wall and cause pain, leading to cholecystitis. Often when people develop cholecystitis, this is the first time that they are diagnosed with gallstones.  In a small percentage of cases, some people develop cholecystitis even without gallstones  - called acalculous cholecystitis. In either case, the treatment of cholecystitis, usually diagnosed on ultrasound after the development of abdominal pain, is the early removal of the gallbladder.

    Dr Ken Wong

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