Digestive System Disorders

Expert reports about Digestive System Disorders


INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE CHOLECYSTITIS DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

                                                                                                                                                

What is cholecystitis during pregnancy?

Cholecystitis is inflammation of the gallbladder, which usually is caused by obstruction of a tube called the cystic duct, which carries a substance called bile to a series of other ducts that take the bile to the small intestine. Usually, the obstruction is the result of what doctors call cholelithiasis, meaning the presence of gallstones, which usually are made of cholesterol or bilirubin. Cholecystitis can develop during pregnancy because of hormonal changes and because the movement of bile is slowed, allowing stones to grow and accumulate. Although many people have some level of cholelithiasis, they are not always big enough or in the right location to obstruct the cystic duct. So they do not usually develop cholecystitis. Because pregnancy stimulates gall stone buildup, repeated pregnancies increase your chances of suffering cholecystitis in middle age.


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