The issue of gallstone occurs when bile (digestive juice) cannot digest the fat effectively. This will lead to the cholesterol molecules to clump together and form stones. The complications of gallstones are minimal and non life-threatening. But, there are few risks present when they are left untreated even after being discovered in the gallbladder. A few of these complications are:

  • Acute Cholecystitis
  • Jaundice
  • Sepsis

In details explanation of these complications of Gallstones are in the following sections.

Acute Cholecystitis

Acute cholecystitis is the phenomenon which occurs, when the gallbladder becomes inflamed and infected because of the stones. This is the most common complication which can occur when the gallstones are left untreated. This type of cholecystitis requires immediate medical treatment. A few symptoms of acute cholecystitis are:

  1. High fever which persists for a few days.
  2. Sudden and random chills felt through the body.
  3. There is an appetite loss which causes the patient to lose weight.


Jaundice is not a disease or a condition itself. Instead it is a sign or a symptom suggesting that something is wrong with an organ of the body.

Jaundice, in this context, occurs when something is wrong with the gallbladder and requires immediate medical attention. It causes the skin and the whites of the eyes to turn into a yellow tint, signifying that the amount of bilirubin (yellow pigment) in the blood is high thereby hinting at some sort of disorder in the gallbladder.


This is a very rare complication which can occur because of gallstones or a gallbladder infection.

The immune system of the body secretes chemicals in small quantities to destroy an infection. When this chemical is secreted in large amounts, the chemical rather than focusing on destroying the foreign substance or infection, harms the entire body. This causes a very rare life-threatening condition known as sepsis which requires immediate medical treatment.




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