The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ located on the upper right side of your abdomen (belly), under your liver. The gallbladder holds bile (a fluid that helps with digestion) that it releases into your small intestine. Cholecystitis occurs when the gallbladder becomes inflamed (swollen).

There are two types of cholecystitis:

Symptoms of Cholecystitis

Signs and symptoms of acute cholecystitis can include:

The main symptom of chronic cholecystitis is mild to moderate pain in the upper right or middle area of the abdomen that comes and goes (intermittent pain). Some people with chronic cholecystitis won’t experience any symptoms.

When to see a doctor

If your child’s abdominal pain is so bad that they cannot stand up straight or if they are vomiting and unable to keep food down, you should contact their doctor right away or go to the nearest emergency room.

Causes of Cholecystitis

Inflammation of the gallbladder – or cholecystitis – can be caused by:

Who’s at risk

Having a history of the following factors can increase your child’s risk for developing cholecystitis:

The following factors can increase your risk of developing gallstones:

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Contact an Orlando Health doctor

If you suspect that your child may have cholecystitis, make an appointment with an Orlando Health pediatrician today so your child can start on the road to improved health.