In this article of gallbladder facts, we are going to understand how this tiny organ operates and what are the major roles it plays. We are going to find out about some myths related to gallbladder and uncover the truth. Many of you may already know these facts but consider it as a refresher course. For those of you who do not know much about this amazing organ of our digestive system, you can stay assured that you are going to love these facts. After all, it is your own body and you should be aware of how it functions. So, let us begin with our article titled 30 interesting gallbladder facts!
Interesting Gall Bladder Facts: 1-10
1. Gallbladder is a tiny organ. It is a part of one of the largest systems in human body – the digestive system. The organ is very important for proper functioning of the whole system.
2. The organ remains hidden underneath the liver. It sits partly sunken in a groove present underneath the right lobe of the liver.
3. The organ has a sac-like structure which is divided into three segments – the fundus, the body and the neck. Some people call it to be pear-shaped organ and that’s true. It does resemble a pear.
4. This small organ stays connected to the liver using the neck while the fundus is on the opposite end of the structure. The body is present between the neck and the fundus. However, the body is actually closer to the fundus than to the neck.
5. The organ grows anywhere between 7 and 10 centimeters in length but the average length is usually 8 centimeters. As far as its breadth is concerned, the maximum attainable width is 4 centimeters but 3 centimeters is far more common.
6. The primary objective of this organ which has a slate blue color is to store the bile juice which is secreted by the liver. At a time, the gallbladder is capable of storing anywhere between 30 and 50 ml of fluid in it.
7. The bile that is produced by the liver is moved into the gallbladder through hepatic ducts that lead straight into the gallbladder.
8. Once food with fat content is pushed into digestive tract, a hormone known as cholecystokinin is released from the duodenum. This hormone then stimulates the gallbladder.
9. Once the gallbladder is stimulated, it starts a rhythmic movement of contraction to eventually release the bile into the duodenum.
10. Once in the duodenum, the bile from the gallbladder then emulsifies the fat content of the food and helps in its digestion.
Interesting Gallbladder Facts: 11-20
11. Most interesting of gallbladder facts is that the bile that it releases into the duodenum is actually different from the bile that enters into it from the liver.
12. The difference is that the bile released into the duodenum is more concentrated that the bile the organ receives from liver. According to encyclopedia.com, 10x concentration of the bile takes place inside the gallbladder.
13. When the gallbladder stores the bile, it removes some electrolytes and water from the fluid and water content of the bile. This is achieved by transporting the electrolytes and water into the blood stream through the walls of the gallbladder.
14. Additional bile acids that are not used in absorption of fat are then reabsorbed by the intestine, which is then sent back to liver using the bloodstream. Once back in the liver, it is refurbished into fresh bile and sent back into the gallbladder.
15. Though very rare, there can be anatomical anomalies in gallbladder. There are cases where 2 or 3 gallbladders coexist together. It may so happen that the gallbladder may not form at all.
16. In case of gallbladder diseases, it is very much possible that the organ may be removed completely. If the organ is removed, the unconcentrated bile from liver will directly enter into the duodenum. This may slightly affect the way fatty acids are absorbed but yes, it still happens pretty adequately to all the person to live a healthy life.
17. Gallbladder, like any other organ in our body is open to medical conditions. One of the commonest problems is that of gallstones. This is nothing but crystallization of bile contents inside the organ. This stones are pretty benign but can, at times, lead to inflammation, nausea and pain.
18. If gallstones are causing inflammation, the condition is known as cholecystitis. When this happens, one can experience high fever and severe pain. Usually surgery is required for such condition.
19. It may also happen that a gallstone effectively blocks the duct which is required for draining the pancreas. In such a case, pancreas can become inflamed. It is a serious medical condition and mostly required surgery.
20. Rare but yes, gallbladder cancer is possible. Usually it is impossible to diagnose until the cancer reaches its last stage. Symptoms of gallbladder cancer are similar to symptoms of gallstones. This is precisely what makes it very difficult to diagnose the disease.
Interesting Gallbladder Facts: 21-30
21. It is a widespread and common belief that more fatty food a person eats, the greater are the chances of formation of gallstone. This simply means that one should avoid fatty food for maintaining a healthy gallbladder. Unfortunately, this is only a myth.
22. The truth is different. Absence of fatty food leads to what is known as bile stasis, which leads to conversion of carbohydrates into fats and hence lead to formation of gallstones.
23. There is also a widespread belief that once a person is affected by gallbladder diseases, he or she should avoid consumption of saturated fat. This is also a myth. The truth is that saturated fats are made up of small chain and medium chain fatty acids. Such fats are absorbed without the aid of bile. Thus, consumption of saturated fats puts no strain on gallbladder at all and are safe to consume even when a person is suffering with gallbladder diseases.
24. Yet another myth is that gallbladder stones or gallstones can be easily removed using a gallbladder flush. That’s not true for everyone. For those people experiencing pain because of gallstones, a gallbladder flush can lead to excessive pain and call for an emergency surgery for complete removal of gallbladder.
25. Gallbladder removal is not going to create any problems! This is a total myth. The organ can be removed and yet a person can survive. However, that person will be exposed to greater risk of hepatic or liver disorders caused by impaired digestion of fats. This is why those without gallbladder are required to have bile supplements to counter the effects of absence of gallbladder.
26. Yet another typical gallbladder myth is that once the organ is removed, a person will never experience pain again due to gallstones. The truth is very different. Removal of gallbladder never addresses the abnormalities that led to gallstones in the first place. So, one can experience pain even when the gallbladder is removed completely.
27. Some people simply assume that once the gallbladder is removed, they will have diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome or other digestive problems. This is not at all true. There are several proper medical care options available which can effectively keep such digestive problems off the bay even if the gallbladder is removed.
28. Yet another myth related to gallbladder removal is that once the organ is removed, a person cannot opt for liver detox. The opposite is true. It is not only possible to go for liver detox but is also very important to take care of liver after gallbladder removal to avoid liver disorders and formation of liver stones.
29. One of the interesting gallbladder facts is that some of the gallstones that are made up additional fatty cholesterol or calcium actually get dissolved by the bile itself and over time, they just disappear.
30. The gallbladder, which is also sometimes known as the bile vesicle can sometimes mysteriously get highly inflamed. It can grow in size and become like a big balloon and there may not be any obvious medical reason for the same. Under such a situation, it becomes important to surgically remove the gallbladder within 48 hours.