The Signs of an Impending Gallbladder Rupture

If you’re experiencing pain in your upper-right abdomen, it’s important to remain calm and consult a medical professional. This pain could be caused by any number of factors, but there’s a chance it’s being caused by gallbladder inflammation. If left untreated, gallbladder inflammation can lead to a gallbladder rupture, a serious and potentially life-threatening medical condition. 

Below, we discuss the signs of an impending gallbladder rupture. If you’re experiencing the symptoms described throughout this article, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention. A gallbladder rupture can be effectively treated with surgery, but it’s best to consult one of the top gallbladder surgeons in Tampa before emergency surgery is needed. 

The Signs to Watch Out For 

Gallbladder ruptures are rarely caused by a traumatic abdominal injury. More often, they are caused by gallstones, bacterial infections, ascariasis, or biliary sludge. Because gallbladder ruptures are caused by gallbladder inflammation (cholecystitis), you should be watching for the following symptoms: 

  • Upper right abdominal pain
  • Abdominal tenderness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever and possible chills 
  • Yellowing of the skin (jaundice) 

If you’re experiencing the above symptoms, you may be suffering from acute or chronic cholecystitis. Acute cholecystitis is sudden inflammation and, if left untreated, can lead to chronic cholecystitis and an increased risk of a gallbladder rupture. 

Related: 9 Types of Gallbladder Diseases and Complications

If your gallbladder has ruptured, you’re likely experiencing sudden excruciating pain. If you believe your gallbladder has ruptured, seek immediate medical attention for gallbladder surgery in Tampa

The Dangers of A Ruptured Gallbladder

The chief danger of a gallbladder rupture is an infection, which can lead to sepsis. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition where your body creates a dysregulated response to infection. Essentially, your body is hurting itself while trying to attack the infection. Sepsis can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death, which is why it’s so important to seek medical treatment if you are experiencing the signs of cholecystitis. 

Related: Could My Gallbladder Be Causing Abdominal Pain? 

Consult a Medical Professional for Diagnosis and Treatment 

If you are experiencing the signs of an impending gallbladder rupture, your best course of action is to consult a medical professional. The outlook for your condition will be far more promising if your gallbladder can be removed before it ruptures. As one of the top gallbladder surgeons in Tampa, Dr. Clark can diagnose your condition and determine if surgery is right for you. 

Although your abdominal pain may be the result of something benign, it’s important to consult a medical professional in order to avoid the above complications. Until you consult a surgeon like Dr. Clark, you’ll have no way of knowing if you need gallbladder surgery in Tampa

To learn more about gallbladder surgery in Tampa, or to schedule a consultation with Whalen Clark, M.D., please request an appointment today.

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