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Chronic cholecystitis

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Chronic cholecystitis is a chronic inflamation of the gallbladder.

  • it is the most common form of symptomatic gallbladder disease
  • 95% of cases are associated with gallstones
  • is the indication for nearly 3% of cholecystectomies in adults (1)

The causes of chronic cholecystitis are:

  • gallstones - the vast majority
  • cholesterosis - the so-called strawberry gallbladder, where macrophages in the lamina propria are packed with cholesterol
  • ceroid granulomas

This condition does not have a generally agreed clinical name and in some texts is known as gall stone or flatulent dyspepsia. Perhaps the best description of this condition would be chronic low-grade obstructive gall bladder disease.


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