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A 28-year-old female asked:

I had a ultrasound done and two things came back one is small amount of gallbladder sludge and two is acute pancreatitis what can be done for these and it isn't caused by alcohol abuse or pregnancies?

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Dr. Shaban Faruqui
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Sludge-Pancreatitis: 20 to 40 percent of cases of acute pancreatitis, no cause can be found, and these are labeled idiopathic. We found that biliary sludge was often present without obstruction of large bile ducts. . However, Ultrasound is less sensitive in the detection of biliary sludge than microscopical analysis of bile.via aspiration.Biliary sludge may also be causally related to papillitis, papillary spasm.
Dr. Shaban Faruqui
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Provided original answer
Causative role of biliary sludge in acute pancreatitis is under estimated. Biliary sludge should be excluded as a cause before a diagnosis of idiopathic pancreatitis is made. The presence of sludge has important implications for the treatment and prognosis of acute Pancreatitis.
Jan 22, 2020
Last updated Jan 22, 2020

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