A 38-year-old member asked:
does distended gallbladder mean obstructed?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Robert Uyeda answered
44 years experience General Surgery
Sometimes yes: But most likely that it has not received stimulus to empty, such as fasting state. If it fails to empty in response to eating or to cck, it could be abnormal, especially if cck stimulation causes symptoms. Consult with GI for specific opinion in your individual case.
Answered on Jul 24, 2020
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens answered
36 years experience General Surgery
Not necessarily: This may just mean you haven't eaten in a while and the gallbladder has accumulated a lot of bile. If you are having pain in the abdomen would get additional testing, e.g. a HIDA scan.
Answered on Feb 26, 2020
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