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What is a contracted gallbladder?

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A contracted gallbladder is one that is diseased and smaller than normal. The contraction of a gallbladder in such a situation typically is caused by scarring. The contraction or shrinking of a gallbladder prevents it from functioning normally.

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What is a contracted gallbladder?
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The scarring that results in gallbladder contraction typically occurs due to the presence of gallstones. Left untreated, gallstones do significant damage to the lining of a gallbladder. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of gallstones lessens the risk of harmful scarring of a gallbladder. It also effectively reduces the risk of the development of a contracted gallbladder. Gallbladder contraction caused by scarring generally is not reversible.

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