Authored by Dr Nick Imm, 03 Oct 2016

Patient is a certified member of
The Information Standard

Reviewed by:
Dr Adrian Bonsall, 03 Oct 2016

Cholecystitis is a painful condition caused by an inflamed gallbladder. The most common cause is gallstones.

Cholecystitis means inflammation of the gallbladder. Most cases are caused by gallstones. Women are affected more often than men. If you have cholecystitis you will normally be admitted to hospital for treatment with painkillers and fluids (and sometimes antibiotic medicines) passed directly into a vein.

The inflammation may settle down with treatment. However, surgical removal of the gallbladder is usually advised to prevent further bouts of cholecystitis.

The gallbladder is in the tummy (abdomen) and sits on the right-hand side, under the liver. Bile is a fluid which is made in the liver and then stored in the gallbladder. It helps our bodies digest food - especially fatty foods.

Read more about the gallbladder and bile.

Further reading and references

For those who have had their gallbladder already removed, what did you do to help you sleep? I'd like to say I'm healing quite nicely and I can pretty much move around all day, except for...

Health Tools

Feeling unwell?

Assess your symptoms online with our free symptom checker.

Start symptom checker