Cholecystitis

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Cholecystitis is when the gallbladder gets inflamed.[1] If it is not treated, cholecystitis can become life-threatening, such as if it results in one's gallbladder rupturing.[1] Treating cholecystitis often involves removing the gallbladder.[1]

Notable cases[change | change source]

After his assassination, U.S. President James A. Garfield might have had a case of cholecystitis that resulted in his condition becoming worse starting from late July 1881.[2] The reason for this might have been that President Garfield's doctors might have accidentally injured and created a hole in his bladder while they were searching his body for his assassin Charles Guiteau's bullet.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Cholecystitis - Symptoms and causes". Mayo Clinic.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Pappas, Theodore N.; Joharifard, Shahrzad (1 October 2013). "Did James A. Garfield die of cholecystitis? Revisiting the autopsy of the 20th president of the United States". The American Journal of Surgery. 206 (4): 613–618. doi:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2013.02.007. PMID 23827513 – via www.americanjournalofsurgery.com.