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A 17-year-old male asked:

what happens if my gallbladder ejection fraction is 0%. do i have to get it out? will i not be able to digest fat?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jon King
Dr. Jon Kinganswered
General Surgery 29 years experience
Not necessarily: You do not have to get your gallbladder removed. People with decreased gallbladder ejection fraction (<50%) often have symptoms related to this problem such as pain on the right side after eating, inability to tolerate fatty foods and bloating. > than 80% of people will get better after having thier gallbladder removed. Rarely people have trouble digesting fats after surgery (cramps/ diarrhea).
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 28 years experience
You should have your gallbladder out if you have symptoms, which I assume you do, since your ejwction fraction was tested.
Dec 31, 2012
Dr. Fidias De Leon
Nuclear Medicine 21 years experience
I agree with Dr. Martinez. Symptomatic gallbladder disease is a true indication for cholecystectomy. Hida with no ejection fraction is a diagnosis of gallbladder disease.
Mar 27, 2013
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Some reasons: Gall bladder ejection fraction is related to response of gall bladder to intravenous injection of hormone cck or fatty meal. Abnormally low values can be due to prolonged IV nutrition, eating within 6 hrs prior to study, pain medications, and hepatic disease. The speed of IV injection ofcck, can affect gb ef. Symptoms not gb ef are main criteria for gb disease. People without gb can digest fats.
Dr. Fidias De Leon
Nuclear Medicine 21 years experience
Maybe and no: If your gallbladder ef is 0%, that means you have gb dysfunction. I you have symptoms then surgery is indicated. Yes you would be able to digest fat. A low fat diet is recommended after surgery for a few weeks but patients do well.

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