The gallbladder attaches to the pancreas on the left side, and is positioned at the base of the liver. The gallbladder functions as a storage unit for bile produced by the liver. The actual size of the gallbladder varies throughout the day, noting that it is the size of a pear from the presence of bile, before a meal, and it is deflated and empty, after a meal.
When food passes through the digestive system into the small intestine, the gallbladder secretes bile, which flows via multiple ducts to the food beginning the stage of digestion. Although bile helps to break down fats, which may otherwise accumulate in the body’s fat cells, the gallbladder is not an essential organ for life.
Removal of the gallbladder in the case of dangerous or life-threatening issues, such as cancer, gallstones or other foreseeable issues, is not uncommon, as the only possible side effect of a body absent of a gallbladder may be occasional diarrhea and excess fat storage.
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