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A 68-year-old male asked:

I had a blood bacterial infection that may have been associated with gallstones. i have had no pain in 2&1/2 months. should the gallbladder be removed?

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
Anti-Aging Medicine 26 years experience
You need a HIDA scan: Hida scan is a nuclear medicine scan that can tell you if you have acute inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis) or not. If you add cck evaluation, the hida scan can also tell you whether you have chronic inflammation of the gallbladder or poor motility of the biliary tree.
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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 36 years experience
Need More Info: All else being equal, cholecystectomy is indicated following any episode of cholecystitis, provided one can tolerate elective surgery. Was your infection from the gb? Sepsis is rarely associated with cholecystitis unless a stone exits the gallbladder & obstructs the liver; this is called cholangitis, often requiring endoscopic clearance of the stone (ercp), followed by eventual cholecystectomy.
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Last updated Dec 10, 2013


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