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Gall Bladder Facts

The digestive system is perhaps the largest system in the human body with many accessory organs and glands to perform its overall digestive function. Gall bladder is a small gland located at the base of liver that assists in the emulsification, digestion and absorption of fats in food. Bile is secreted by liver and transferred to gall bladder for storage. Another function of biliary vesicle (an alternative term used for gall bladder) is to concentrate this alkaline fluid that is composed of salts, pigments, fats and about 85% watery component.

Gall Bladder

Some more gall bladder information suggests that this structure in an adult human would measure about 8 X 4 cm and secretes bile juice to facilitate digestive processes of oily diet. The organ is divided into three parts, which are neck, body and fundus. The neck of gall bladder establishes a connection with liver through common bile duct and transcends its secretions through it. Fundus is located at the opposite end of this pear-shaped organ, while body lies in its proximity away from the neck.

Fun Facts on Gall Bladder:

Following are some of the amazing gall bladder facts that you will really enjoy:

  • Gallbladder stores the bile juice secreted by the liver and pours it, when required, to duodenum of small intestine. This commonly happens after taking food that is rich in cholesterol or other lipids.
  • The bile secreted by the gall bladder emulsifies fat molecules so that fat digestive enzymes, like lipase, can carry out their breakdown and digestion effectively.
  • It is said that about 10 times concentration of bile is achieved in the gall bladder.
  • Frequent and prolonged intake of fatty foods, would result in excessive concentration and hardening of bile juice resulting in the formation of gall bladder stones.
  • Removing gall bladder does not interfere much with fat metabolism and bile is directly secreted to the intestine.
  • Inflammatory disorder of the gall bladder is also common among people who have been suffering from untreated and prolonged infection of typhoid.