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What is Contracted Gallbladder: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, Home Remedies

What is Contracted Gallbladder?

When the gallbladder releases bile into the intestine it results in what is called as Contracted Gallbladder. This is a normal mechanism of digestion and occurs in everyone, especially after eating fatty and spicy foods. However, there are some cases where an individual can have a Contracted Gallbladder due to the gallbladder being in a diseased state. This is more commonly seen with gallbladder stones.

Contraction in the gallbladder due to gallstones may cause excruciating pain in the abdominal region. Gallstones are hard deposits of cholesterol and other pigment stones. Another condition that may result in an individual having a Contracted Gallbladder is gallbladder sludge.

Gallbladder sludge is made up of multiple gallbladder stones, calcium salts, and cholesterol crystals. Over time, the amount of the sludge formed increases rapidly to the level that it obstructs smooth flow of bile to the gallbladder. Obstruction caused by gallbladder sludge may at times be asymptomatic unless there is excess of sludge formation in the gallbladder resulting in Contracted Gallbladder.

What is Contracted Gallbladder?

What Causes Contracted Gallbladder?

As stated, Contracted Gallbladder can be caused due to two factors of which the first one is physiological and does not harm the individual in any way. After a fatty meal, the gallbladder gets the message to contract so that bile can be released to the intestine. Once the gallbladder is emptied it comes back to its original state and gets filled with bile again that is secreted by the liver.

It is the second cause of Contracted Gallbladder that is a cause for concern. The presence of gallstones can cause scars to form within the inner lining of the gallbladder which causes a Contracted Gallbladder. The presence of gallbladder sludge is also one of the reasons for Contracted Gallbladder as presence of gallbladder sludge is the first step towards development of gallbladder stones which eventually causes Contracted Gallbladder.

Another cause for Contracted Gallbladder is infection which may cause the gallbladder to get inflamed. This condition is called cholecystis and is one of the rare causes for Contracted Gallbladder.

What are the Symptoms of Contracted Gallbladder?

The classic presenting feature of a disease in the gallbladder which may result in Contracted Gallbladder is pain in the right upper quadrant and right side of the back. This pain usually occurs when there is obstruction of the bile duct due to the presence of gallstones. An infection in the gallbladder can also cause pain in this area.

The pain caused by gallbladder disease is severe and excruciating. This usually begins as stated in the right upper quadrant and radiates to the back and chest. This gallbladder pain is usually sudden in onset and may last from a few minutes to a few hours. During the episode of pain the individual may find it even difficult to ambulate.

The individual may find some relief with bending.

This pain tends to worsen at night or after a strenuous physical activity. It may also worsen after a heavy meal, especially consisting of fatty food. Some of the other symptoms that may indicate a disease of the gallbladder causing Contracted Gallbladder are:

Nausea with Vomiting: This is quite a common symptoms with both gallstones as well as with cholecystitis.

How is Contracted Gallbladder Treated?

The measures opted for treating Contracted Gallbladder as a result of gallbladder disease is mostly conservative. The treatment begins with cleaning out the gallbladder sludge. This can be done flushing out the sludge. Drinking a lot of lemon juice several times a day for a few days may also help in cleaning out gallbladder sludge.

The next step towards treatment for gallbladder disease causing Contracted Gallbladder is by making certain dietary changes and avoiding fatty foods for a few days and eating foods rich in fiber. The patient is also advised to eat a lot of fruit juices to help treat gallbladder disease which causes Contracted Gallbladder.

In extreme cases where none of the other treatment options help then surgery may be required to treat the gallbladder disease causing Contracted Gallbladder.

Additionally, there are some homeopathic medicines that are also quite effective in flushing out gallbladder sludge and cleaning the gallbladder to prevent Contracted Gallbladder.

Before embarking on homeopathic treatments, it is recommended to consult with a physician who can give the best advice as to what to do to treat gallbladder disease causing Contracted Gallbladder.

Home Remedies for Treatment of Contracted Gallbladder

Apart from the treatment options suggested above there are quite a few home remedies which are quite effective in treating gallbladder diseases causing Contracted Gallbladder. The first home remedy is to resort to a low fat diet to prevent any strain being put on the gallbladder. Taking diet rich in fibers like leafy vegetables, whole grain cereals, and plenty of fruits are recommended to clean the gallbladder and prevent Contracted Gallbladder.

Juices like grapefruit and lemon juices are recommended. A combination of carrot, beet, and cucumber juice is also found to be effective in treating gallbladder conditions that cause Contracted Gallbladder. Additionally, dandelion juice is also recommended for gallbladder conditions causing Contracted Gallbladder.

A tablespoon of sunflower or olive oil on an empty stomach every morning is another effective home remedy to treat gallbladder conditions causing Contracted Gallbladder. Additionally, drinking plenty of water is recommended to neutralize the effects of acids that are produced in the stomach in the process of digestion which may aggravate an existing gallbladder condition causing Contracted Gallbladder.

Some of the foods that are recommended to eat during gallbladder disease to hasten recovery are cottage cheese and yogurt, as it heals the gallbladder and prevents Contracted Gallbladder.


  1. MedicalNewsToday: Everything you need to know about gallstones – https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/153981

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 1, 2023

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