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    Postcholecystectomy Syndrome

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    Postcholecystectomy syndrome sometimes occurs when abdominal symptoms develop after surgery to remove the gallbladder (cholecystectomy). About 5% to 40% of people who have the gallbladder removed may experience symptoms. footnote 1

    Symptoms of postcholecystectomy syndrome may include:

    • Upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting.
    • Gas, bloating, and diarrhea.
    • Persistent pain in the upper right abdomen .

    Your doctor may be able to give you medicine to help with some of these symptoms.

    If pain continues, you may have a problem caused by something other than the gallbladder or a gallstone . Other possible causes of abdominal pain include irritable bowel syndrome , stomach (peptic) ulcers, or pancreatitis .



    1. Glasgow RE, Mulvihill SJ (2010). Treatment of gallstone disease. In M Feldman et al., eds., Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease, 9th ed., vol. 1, pp. 1121-1138. Philadelphia: Saunders.


    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology

    Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

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