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Gall bladder pain - Definition


The gall bladder is an organ in the abdominal cavity, working as a storage reservoir for bile secreted by the liver that it sends down the bile duct to the duodenum, which is the first section of the small intestine, to aid in the digestive process. Pain in the gall bladder is mostly caused by gallstones, crystalline formations that develop due to the secretion of bile overly-saturated in cholesterol. The pain is caused by the bile ducts being under strain, and is generally extremely severe, typically located in the center (epigastrium), or the upper right section of the abdomen (right hypochondrium). This pain is usually worsened by breathing, and can sometimes spread to the shoulder or right scapula. Pain can also be caused by conditions other than gallstones, such as acalculous cholecystitis, secondary to a disorder of the gall bladder lining. When these types of pain are reported, ultrasonography is performed, and it can be necessary to surgically remove the gall bladder, a procedure called cholecystectomy.