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The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ found underneath the liver. Its main purpose is to store bile with a capacity from 50 to 100mls and it also concentrates the bile to make it effective for digestion of fats. Bile flows from the liver into the gallbladder through tiny tubes known as bile ducts. The gallbladder releases bile into the small bowel when food is consumed. If the gallbladder becomes diseased and starts giving pain, this can be removed without affecting the digestive system. If not removed, this can continue to give symptoms and may result in complication like infection and jaundice, rarely cancer.

Anatomy of the biliary tree showing the gallbladder