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A 60-year-old female asked:

could no gallbladder no appendix cause pancreatitis?

5 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Larry Grissom
Radiology 43 years experience
Unrelated: Absence of the appendix or gallbladder have no effect on development of pancreatitis.
Dr. Syed H. Sajid
Psychiatry 29 years experience
No: Surgical removal of a gallbladder b/c of cholecystitis and removal of appendix in the same individual b/c of acute appendicitis does not lead to pancreatitis. Pancreatitis may happen from other causes.Thanks.
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
No: Not unless you continue to form gall stones which get stuck in the duct to the pancreas, high triglycerides are much more common cause.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Probably not: Appendix usually not related to pancreatitis. Gallstones are common cause of pancreatitis with blockage of bile duct, stopping pancreatic enzymes from going to small intestine and forcing them back into the pancreas. The enzymes then begin to irritate the cells of the pancreas, causing the inflammation associated with pancreatitis. Often cholecystectomy will help prevent recurrent pancreatitis.
Dr. Peter Mowschenson
General Surgery 48 years experience
No: Appendix had nothing to do with pancreas. If the gallbladder had stones you could possible have a stone remaining on the bile duct. See your doctor.

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