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Treatment will depend on what is causing the bile to escape from your cat's gallbladder into its abdomen. Fluid therapy is standard for preventing dehydration, and antibiotics will be prescribed to prevent infection. Other drugs and the need for surgery will be entirely dependent on the cause of the leakage. However, the cause for bile peritonitis is often of a serious nature, and can be life threatening if not treated early and effectively.
Recovery is slow and regular follow-up appointments to your veterinarian are essential for following the progress and adjusting the drugs or treatment techniques as necessary. Blood work and samples of abdominal fluid will be taken at each visit. This will allow your veterinarian to see if the infection and/or bile leakage are still occurring. X-rays and ultrasounds may also be repeated at each appointment.
A medical condition in which the pancreas becomes inflamed
A gland that aids in both digestive and insulin functions
A medical condition in which the peritoneum becomes inflamed
The act of making an opening narrower.
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
The first part of the small intestine; can be found between the pylorus and the jejunum
A passage in the body with walls
Term used to imply that a situation or condition is more severe than usual; also used to refer to a disease having run a short course or come on suddenly.
The fluid created by the liver that helps food in the stomach to be digested.
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
A medical condition in which the body has lost fluid or water in excessive amounts
The space in the abdomen that holds the major digestive organs in an animal. Normally referred to as the area between the diaphragm and the pelvis. Also referred to as the peritoneal cavity.