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A 47-year-old member asked:

What does it mean that my gallbladder is physiologically distended?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Neel Karne
Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: Usually when the GB is distended it is usually seen when a person is not eating. Generally a is a incidental finding and does not need anything unless a patient is symptomatic. It also depends on what modality was used to define the size of the gallbladder, whether it was an ultrasound or CT scan. Unless you are having symptoms of discomfort in the right upper quadrant, I would not worry.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 26 years experience
Fasting?: It may just mean that it's full of bile. If you refrain from eating for the Ultrasound your gallbladder will fill with bile and become physiologically distended. That's normal. When you eat the GB contracts and pushes bile out into your intestines and therefore would physiologically empty. .

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Does distended gallbladder mean obstructed?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 46 years experience
Sometimes yes: But most likely that it has not received stimulus to empty, such as fasting state. If it fails to empty in response to eating or to cck, it could be abnormal, especially if cck stimulation causes symptoms. Consult with GI for specific opinion in your individual case.
Last updated Nov 5, 2020


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