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Question: gall bladder rupture

 winecellar - Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:19 pm

Is it possible for the gall bladder to rupture? What is type and length of treatment if it does?
 John Kenyon, CNA - Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:55 pm

User avatar Yes, although it is relatively rare, the gallbladder can rupture, most usually if it has become gangrenous from inattention to severe cholecystitis due to accumulation of stones and sludge.

It's not easy to predict the outcome of such an event, as a lot would depend on the overall health and age of the patient, as well as how readily the event is detected. It would of course require surgery to remove the gallbladder, as well as flushing of the area and high concentration of antiobiotics IV and careful removal of stones that may have lodged in problem areas. This could range from a relatively minor event to a catastrophic one, depending on all the above factors. More information on the specific patient would be helpful.

Hope this answers your question. Good luck to you.


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