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what does gallbladder sludge look like

A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anne Park
Dr. Anne Park answered
Specializes in Internal Medicine
GB sludge: The higher the fat content, the more sludge...thickened bile acids you’ll have. Not quite gallstones yet but on their way to form stones. Look at the ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
23 years experience General Surgery
Ultrasound: Pain after eating a fatty mean may be a sign of a gallbladder that isnt working. So a history and physical exam is the most important thing. Next yo ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
19 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Variable: Gallbladder "sludge" is believed to be small stones (form of cholelithiasis). In the usa it is estimated, approximately 1-2% develop stones each year ... Read More
Dr. Ernest Block
34 years experience Trauma Surgery
A frequent finding: Gallbladder sludge may or may not be causing problems. If in doubt, consult your primary doctor, a gastroenterologist or a board certified surgeon.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hanan
30 years experience General Surgery
Nope: The gallbladder is a small hollow organ that holds bile. This helps us digest fat. When you look at the gallbladder with an ultrasound the bile can ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
Removal: Sludge in the gallbladder occurs when there is an alteration in liver metabolism, and one of three main components of bile crystallize, and sit in the ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Harper
51 years experience General Surgery
Function: That test tells how well your gall bladder works. If the ejection fraction is low it should be removed. It is not working right.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
May be problem: Sludge and crystals in gallbladder are usually detected by ultrasound examination. Sometimes these are transient and disappear. Usuall if patient has ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Swetnam
38 years experience General Surgery
No: See my previous answer. The sludge or stone is the symptom of the problem, not the problem.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
A severe: Infection involving the gall bladder can lead to hospitalization. Rarely a stone can block the duct. That is also serious. Sludge usually is not.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Unknown: Have a hida scan to see if your gallbladder is functioning properly or not. Removing a well functioning gallbladder may cause a lot of abdominal gas, ... Read More
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