As mentioned before, gallbladder polyps are for the most part asymptotic, but there are instances when symptoms, similar to pain caused by gallstones, do arise. The pain experienced due to a gallbladder problem is called biliary colic. While neither gallstones or polyps typically cause pain, if either is blocking or partially blocking the biliary duct, the pain can be excruciating. It’s more often than not a case of biliary colic that first brings a person to the doctor, and sheds light on the presence of polyps, although the majority of the time the pain apt to be due to gallstones. There are measures that can be taken to control or prevent the formation of gallstones. Not much is known about preventing the formation of polyps however. Since they rarely cause a problem, research into preventing their formation probably isn’t warranted.
Can You Live Without A Gallbladder?
Should you ever be faced with the possibility of having your gallbladder removed because of the presence of either polyps or gallstones, and the recurring pain either may be causing, bear in mind that the body can function quite nicely without a gallbladder. That’s not to say the gallbladder is a useless appendage, like the appendix. It stores bile, which aids digestion. The gallbladder does not perform a vital function however, and living without the organ mostly involves following a few dietary restrictions, the principal one being not eating too much fat. Bile supplements and certain enzymes may be prescribed to help avoid problems not having a gallbladder might bring about.
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