A Calcification of the Gallbladder

Issues surrounding gallbladders vary and often share similar symptoms, making the problem more complicated to identify. The knowledgeable medical professionals at miVIP Surgery Centers are trained to properly diagnose the issue and appropriately treat it with state-of-the-art technology.

One disorder of the gallbladder causes calcification of the organ’s wall; this is referred to as a porcelain gallbladder, or a calcified gallbladder.

How Common is a Porcelain Gallbladder?

As with all gallbladder disorders, a porcelain gallbladder most commonly affects middle aged, overweight women. Furthermore, men are 5 times less likely than women to be diagnosed with a porcelain gallbladder. Approximately 10 percent of people with calcified gallbladders have gallbladder cancer.

Known Causes of a Calcified Gallbladder

A calcified gallbladder is a rare occurrence. While its cause remains unknown, it does seem to be connected to the presence of stones in the gallbladder. Medical professionals also believe that chronic, or long-term, gallbladder inflammation may be connected with a porcelain gallbladder.

Symptoms Attributed to a Porcelain Gallbladder

A porcelain gallbladder often presents no symptoms. However, some patients may complain of:
  • Jaundiced skin or eyes
  • Abdominal pain on the upper right side, especially following a meal
  • Nausea and vomiting

How to Treat a Porcelain Gallbladder

Due to the associated risk of gallbladder cancer, most doctors will likely recommend that a porcelain gallbladder be removed. The procedure is called a cholecystectomy, and it can be performed in two ways:
  1. Open Cholecystectomy – This is a traditional surgery that requires an incision, approximately 3 inches long, which is made along the upper right side, around the lowest rib. The gallbladder is gently separated from the organs and removed from the body. This carries a far greater risk of infection due to the larger, open wound.
  2. Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy – Through the use of innovative technology, only 3 or 4 incisions, approximately 0.5 inches wide, are made in the belly. A thin, lighted scope, called a laparoscope, is inserted in through an incision and other medical instructions are inserted in the other incisions to assist in the removal of the gladder. The gallbladder will then be removed through one of the small cuts. When a gallbladder cannot be removed safely via the laparoscopic method, an open cholecystectomy must be performed.

Can a Calcified Gallbladder be Cured?

Due to the fact that a cancer risk is prevalent in patients with calcified gallbladders, most doctors prefer to remove the organ as opposed to tracking the progression of the disorder.

Contact miVIP for Relief from Pain

If you suspect that you may have gallbladder issues, contact miVIP Surgery Centers at 855-496-4847 to schedule an evaluation. Our knowledgeable physicians can offer calcified gallbladder information and help determine the source of your pain.

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