What is the gallbladder?

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The gallbladder is a four-inch muscular sac that sits under the liver on the right side of your body. In this video, Reese Davis, MD, a surgeon at St. Mark's Hospital discusses the functions of the gallbladder.
The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ located under your liver in the upper right side of your abdomen. It is part of the biliary system of your body. Your liver produces bile, a fluid that helps break down the food, especially the fat that you eat. Your gallbladder concentrates and stores the bile and then releases the bile into your intestine, as needed, for digesting your food.
Located in the right upper portion of your abdomen and just below the liver, your gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ that stores and releases bile and other juices that help you digest food. 
The gallbladder is an organ located at the base of the liver. It is called a storage organ because it stores a yellowish fluid made by the liver, called bile, which helps in the digestion of fats from food. The gallbladder also concentrates the bile to increase the amount it can store. 

The gallbladder is connected to the liver above it and the duodenum portion of the small intestine below it by tube-like structures called ducts. When you eat a fatty meal, your gallbladder contracts, sending bile through the duct into your intestine. The bile helps you digest your food.

The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ located beneath the liver on the right side of your abdomen and is part of the biliary system, which helps your body digest food. The gallbladder stores and releases bile, a digestive fluid produced by the liver and used by the body to break down food. 

Surgery to remove the gallbladder may be necessary when the gallbladder is inflamed, blocked, filled with gallstones or cancerous.

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