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The gallbladder, also called the gall bladder, stores bile produced in the liver. When we eat fatty food, the gallbladder contracts and squeezes bile through the common bile duct into the duodenum, the first section of the small intestine. Here the bile mixes with the food to help digest the fats. Read on to learn more about the gallbladder, and its role in digestion.

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The Gallbladder

The gallbladder is a hollow organ located next to the liver. It is approximately 3 inches (7.5 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide. The function of the gallbladder is to store bile from the liver.

The gallbladder receives bile from the liver through the hepatic duct. It is capable of storing about 1.7 fluid ounces (50 ml) of bile.

When we eat fatty food, hormones released from the duodenum signal the gallbladder to contract. This contraction squeezes bile through the common bile duct into the duodenum. In the duodenum, the bile mixes with the food to help digest fats.

Sometimes bile in the gallbladder can crystallize forming gallstones. Gallstones can cause inflamation and pain in the gallbladder or common bile duct.

 

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