Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Surgery
Gallbladder stones are a very common and usually asymptomatic condition. Some patients have biliary colic, intermittent and often severe pain in the epigastrium or right upper quadrant and sometimes between the scapula due to temporary obstruction of the cystic duct by a gallstone. If the cystic duct impediment persists, the gallbladder becomes inflamed and the patient develops cholecystitis, an acute inflammation and infection of the gallbladder. The vast majority of gallstone patients are asymptomatic.