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ISBN: 9781305073951
Chapter 39, Problem 1CT
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Some people who have gallstones experience pain after they eat, with fatty meals causing the greatest discomfort. Why are fatty meals most likely to trigger gallbladder pain?

Summary Introduction

To explain: How the fatty meals trigger gallbladder pain.

Concept introduction: A small storage organ located inferior and posterior to the liver that performs an important function in food digestion is called as gall bladder. The produced bile from the liver is stored in the gall bladder until it is required for the fatty acid digestion. There is a risk of crystallization of bile in the gallbladder that leads to the formation of gall bladder stones, and it becomes painful.

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Gallbladder stone or gallstone is a stone that is formed in the gall bladder by the deposition and crystallization of the bile components. Due to the consumption of fat-rich foods, increased amount of bile is secreted to digest the cholesterol present in the food. The excess secreted bile gets stored in the gall bladder and turns into stones...

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