Diseases and Conditions

Common Signs Of Gallbladder Problems


The gallbladder is a tiny hollow organ located below the liver. Although it is small, it has a critical function of storing as well as releasing bile into the intestines after it is produced in the liver. Bile helps to break down fats our food.

Many Americans suffer from health problems originating from the gallbladder. These problems include but aren’t limited to gallstones, cholecystitis, cholestasis and gallbladder cancer. Gallstones are hardened stone-like deposits found within the fluid (bile) in the gallbladder. Cholecystitis refers to the inflammation of the gallbladder while cholestasis is a condition which stops bile from flowing as it should from the liver. The condition can slow down or stop the flow of bile completely. Gallbladder cancer is cancer which attacks the gallbladder although it can spread to the liver.

Gallbladder problems are experienced all over the world. They are common in America. The problems are dictated by risk factors like gender. Women have a higher likelihood of developing gallbladder problems compared to their male counterparts. A person’s age and lifestyle can also increase risks of gallbladder problems. For instance, gallstones are more common among older people who don’t maintain a healthy lifestyle. The stones slow down or block the flow of bile completely causing gallbladder disease. There are many symptoms of gallbladder problems. Below are 14 common signs to consider.

Bad Breath

Although bad breath can be caused by poor dental hygiene which happens to be a leading cause, it is a common sign of gallbladder problems. This symptom is usually presented as foul smelling breath.

Bad breath caused by gallbladder problems originated from the digestive system. In fact, people who have digestive system problems tend to battle bad breath as well. If you have this symptom and other symptoms of gallbladder problems mentioned here, there is more to your bad breath problems. You should seek medical attention immediately. However, don’t mistake oral hygiene-related bad breath with bad breath arising from problems originating in your digestive system.