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A 83-year-old female asked:

83 yrs. gallbladder removed 40 years ago. now show sludge in gallbladder lumen. what does this mean? nausea common for me. also atropy pancreas

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Error?: The radiologist may not have been given information that your gallbladder was removed 40 years ago & the ultrasound is seeing the surgical scarring. Ask your doctor who ordered the ultrasound to review your history with the radiologist. Atrophy of the pancreas is common & normal as we age. There are many causes of nausea & ultrasound is likely normal for you.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 25 years experience
Symptoms?: Not sure what lumen you are referring to if the gallbladder was removed. You may develop gallstones in your common bile duct which could give you pain, nausea or jaundice. These can be confirmed with a test called an mrcp and removed with a procedure called an ercp. If your symptoms are minor these could probably be watched. Move forward with ERCP if pain, nausea or jaundice worsens.
Dr. Asher Turney
Occupational Medicine 19 years experience
you can have stones despite not having a gall bladder... it is less likely without a gallbladder but stranger things have happened. Get evaluated by a Gastroenterologist or General surgeon for further clarification.
May 29, 2013

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