A 22-year-old male asked:
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dr said i have gallbladder sludge, and inflamed gallbladder, is it possible to have that without gallstones? pain happens once a week

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Dr. Cynthia Archer
19 years experience Internal Medicine
Sludge is a variant: form of stones. Instead of large globular stones, you have many small crystals, and yes, you can have that instead of or in addition to discreet "stones". It's sounding as though you will need to have a cholecystectomy. The sludge can obstruct the common bile duct and lead to pancreatitis. Discuss this with your doctor to see if surgery is recommended and when. If severe pain/vomiting seek ER care
Answered on Sep 23, 2014
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