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Is there one best test to diagnose gallstones?

Is there one best test to diagnose gallstones?

Have Gallstones?: Stones in the gallbladder (gb) seldom cause symptoms unless they migrate into the neck of the gb (& block exit of bile) or into the common bile duct. Symptomless gallstones may be diagnosed by chance by imaging or during investigation for some other condition. Only 10% become symptomatic within 5 years of detection. Ultrasound, ct scan, mrcp finds stones; cck-hida scan can tell if gb is diseased. ...Read more

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Gallstones (Definition)

Stone-like deposits of bile in the gallbladder that are made from accumulation of cholesterol or bilirubin. Most gallstones are asymptomatic, however complications of gallstones include inflammation of the gallbladder, and blockage of ...Read more


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Is there a way to dissolve one's gallstones safely?

Is there a way to dissolve one's gallstones safely?

Not as good: Agree with dr. Cattano. Stones but no symptoms-no rx. Symptoms-indication for surgery to remove gallbladder. Passage of stone can cause pain, blockage of ducts, infection, and inflammation of pancreas; potentially serious problems, even fatal. Had stone attack and dissolve takes time -up to 2 years; risk of attacks in that time. ...Read more

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After suffering a gallstone attack, how long might it be before one feels normal again?

After suffering a gallstone attack, how long might it be before one feels normal again?

Depends: Different types of gallstones develop in the gallbladder and lead to biliary colic after obstructing the cystic duct which is the draining duct of the gallbladder. These stones remain in the gallbladder and lead to recurrent attacks of biliary colic (pain) unless they are small enough to pass through the biliary system. Therefore, I suggest you get checked by a surgeon if your pain is recurrent. ...Read more

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I have had gallstones for months almost a year and I just found out what I have. Can letting this go one further do permanent damage?

I have had gallstones for months almost a year and I just found out what I have. Can letting this go one further do permanent damage?

Depends: Millions of people have gallstones that do not cause any symptoms. If you do not have any signs of gallbladder disease you have nothing to worry about and do not need surgery. If you have had pancreatitis or episodes of abdominal pain with N/V, you should consider seeing a surgeon. Gallbladder surgery is very common and is done on an outpatient basis, but only needed if you have symptoms. ...Read more

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What the chances of a3mm gallbladder polyp of being cancerous only one polyp no gallstones?

What the chances of a3mm gallbladder polyp of being cancerous only one polyp no gallstones?

Gall bladder cancer: Low but not zero. You team can make a better estimate based on your race and where you live and your ethnicity. ...Read more

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Can one develop gallstones even after gallbladder removed? If so, how is it possible and why? If gallbladder is gone how can gallstones develop?

Can one develop gallstones even after gallbladder removed? If so, how is it possible and why? If gallbladder is gone how can gallstones develop?

Stone: Despite having gallbladder removed, a small percentage of patients can still form stones within the bile duct. This is related to bile being concentrated. There are different types of stones, most common is cholesterol. ...Read more

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I have had severe pain for over a week. Had a sono yesterday morning which showed gallstone, went to er they did sono they didn't see one sent home?

I have had severe pain for over a week. Had a sono yesterday morning which showed gallstone, went to er they did sono they didn't see one sent home?

Well, that's good: Ultrasound is very dependent upon who is doing the study. The more experienced sonographers are the best. Sometimes studies done on mobile units have technology issues. And sorry to add that not everyone is trained equally. It may take a third study to resolve the question. Occasionally a stone will pass uneventfully. Hope that was the case. ...Read more

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I recently had a sonogram done found cyst 2.4 cm, one gallstone, everything else came normal. Should I worry?? Thanks

I recently had a sonogram done found cyst 2.4 cm, one gallstone, everything else came normal. Should I worry?? Thanks

Cyst and gallstone: Where is the cyst? What are its features.? Simple cysts with thin walls are not worrisome. Complex cysts with thick irregular walls are worrisome. Liver and kidney solitary cysts are common. Pancreas cysts are uncommon and worrisome. One gallstone could cause a future problem. Modify diet to low fat low cholesterol. ...Read more

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I am 53, I have a 150 mm gallstone, never had one before. Is Actigall (ursodiol) treatment a good option for my condition?

I am 53, I have a 150 mm gallstone, never had one before.  Is Actigall (ursodiol) treatment a good option for my condition?

Yes, but...: Why bother, when the stones may recur after dissolution? If you are dead-set against gallbladder removal, or have medical contraindications to the surgery, then stone dissolution therapy is an option. Can use oral cheno or urso) which is costly and works about 1/2 the time over 6 months (poor candidates have calcified stones), or direct infusion of mtbe into the biliary tree. 150 mm=6 inch stone?! ...Read more

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I have a 2cm gallstone and a few smaller ones. Is surgery my only option? I was diagnosed with fatty liver. What can I do to reverse this illness?

I have a 2cm gallstone and a few smaller ones. Is surgery my only option? I was diagnosed with fatty liver. What can I do to reverse this illness?

If you are having: Symptoms from your gallstones such as upper abdominal discomfort, pressure, bloationg, discomfort and nausea after eating, then surgery is the way to resolve the symtpms and remove the gallbladder & gallstones. The fatty liver may heal with low fat diet, controlling your cholesterol & weight loss. ...Read more

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I need to get rid of gallstones fast. Without having surgery! Surgery issues out of the question! Anyone know how I can? Milk temp. Relieves pain

I need to get rid of gallstones fast. Without having surgery!  Surgery issues out of the question! Anyone know how I can? Milk temp. Relieves pain

See below: The only 'fast' way to remove gallstones is by removing your gallbladder (cholecystectomy). This is recommended if you are in fact symptomatic and have been thoroughly evaluated by a surgeon. If you have cholesterol-only type gallstones, sometimes a certain medication (ursodiol) can be given oraly to slowly dissolve the gallstone; however, this can take months/years. ...Read more

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I'm having gallstones issues, there are several calculi & polyps, the largest one is 5.2 mm. I'm a seafear, how will affect to me? Wt hpns after surgery?

Surgery may benefit: With symptoms, you have, you may need surgery. Procedure is relatively low risk, procedure. Speak to your doctor, for referral to surgery. ...Read more

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I'm a woman, 37 years old. I have only one gallstone 1.5 cm. I am 160cm tall, 58 kg. What can I do. They told I have greenish liquids in my stomach?

I'm a woman, 37 years old. I have only one gallstone 1.5 cm. I am 160cm tall, 58 kg. What can I do. They told I have greenish liquids in my stomach?

Depends.: If the stone is not bothering you most would say leave it alone. Others (me as well) would tell you that gall bladder cancer is rarely found without stones. You are young and can have the stone for many years without symptoms, then trouble can start. I would discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm diagnosed with gallblader gallstone — its large one 12mm. Doctor advised removing gallbladder. Is it safe? I have only had one pain attack so far

Follow Dr advice: Your DR knows your medical history and is making the best recommendation with this in hand.

You must be in good health for this recommendation to have been made.

The stone will not "go away" on its own, the only solution is to remove it. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with gastritis, and have a large gallstone, how do you know which one is bothering you? Pains right side, and back, burping, and bloating

Diagnosed with gastritis, and have a large gallstone, how do you know which one is bothering you? Pains right side, and back, burping, and bloating

SoundsLikeGallbladdr: The location and description of your pain sounds like it is secondary to gallbladder disease. These attacks typically occur after eating (esp. Fatty foods), last for an hour or more, are assc. W/nausea +/- vomiting, and may radiate into the back. Gastritis is an almost-universal finding at upper endoscopy; if it caused any symptoms, I would expect burning discomfort relieved by eating. ...Read more

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My doctor confirmed with ultrasound I have one large gallstone in my gallbladder. Is my only option to have my gallbladder removed? Attacks nightly

My doctor confirmed with ultrasound I have one large gallstone in my gallbladder. Is my only option to have my gallbladder removed? Attacks nightly

Yes: Dear Sam,

Gallstones is a common condition and is cured by removing the gallbladder. Your symptoms can continue to reoccur unless the gallbladder is removed. Thankfully the gallbladder is not a vital organ and people live a normal life without one. Avoiding fatty foods can also help reduce the symptoms of gallbladder pain as these foods stimulate the gallbladder. ...Read more

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Gallstones for 40 years. Now just developed itching skin over the body but no jaundice!can one have itching skin without jaundice from gallstones?

Gallstones for 40 years. Now just developed itching skin over the body but no jaundice!can one have itching skin without jaundice from gallstones?

Jaundice of: Skin only becomes apparent when your bilirubin level is over 2.5 or so. It is possible you have elevated bilirubin without jaundice that is causing itching. Also, you can get skin itching from a lot of reasons, such as allergy, insect bite, medication reaction, or just plain dry skin. It is best to get to a doctor for full evaluation. ...Read more

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I have gotten gallbladder/gallstone remove and I have an over floppy fat stomach people think im pregnant but I'm not how can I lose this fat stomach?

I have gotten gallbladder/gallstone remove and I have an over floppy fat stomach people think im pregnant but I'm not how can I lose this fat stomach?

There is no such : Thing as natural spot fat loss. You need to lose weight in general & a certain % will be abdominal fat. Eat healthfully & be physically active. Calories burned must > calories consumed. To tighten ab's do crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, lying leg raises, side bridge & “bicycling” exercise on your back. Engage in regular aerobic exercise. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol again after acute pancreatitis? Due to gallstones and ercp. It's been one month. Healthy

Can I drink alcohol again after acute pancreatitis? Due to gallstones and ercp. It's been one month. Healthy

I would avoid it...: Alcohol could be a trigger to develop pancreatitis. If you are make the decision to have it anyway, should be done in very small amounts since it could exacerbate your symptoms. ...Read more

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One month over 5 bm a day, mild discomfort in abdomen no gallstones, fatigue and nausea for the last week. Could this be linked to suicidal anxiety?

One month over 5 bm a day, mild discomfort in abdomen no gallstones, fatigue and nausea for the last week. Could this be linked to suicidal anxiety?

Abd pain and nausea: If you are thinking about suicide and have a plan in mind to harm yourself, get medical help now. The above may be related to your intestinal tract. There is a strong mind-body influence on how this system works, and anxiety causes the intestinal tract to function improperly. So yes, it's possible the suicidal anxiety could cause these symptoms. See a doctor asap for an exam for other causes. ...Read more

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Can gallstones cause left sided upper abdominal pain? Pain comes and oes and does not seem to be food related but ultrasound dies show that I have one

Yes: It's not the classic presentation but gallstones can cause pain in several locations. I would make sure you don't have pain from other causes before removing your gallbladder so that you are not subject to an unnecessary operation, but if the workup of your pain reveals no other source than the stones, you would be a candidate for gallbladder removal. ...Read more

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90yo, stroke in brain. Put in ng tubes 21days after stroke but 20days later gallstones infection. How long can one live with "death rattlee? Any hope?

90yo, stroke in brain. Put in ng tubes 21days after stroke but 20days later gallstones infection. How long can one live with "death rattlee? Any hope?

Always hope: There is always hope, but what are you hoping for? Sounds like an awful existence right now, and may be appropriate to hope for a peaceful passing. When someone is breathing air in the same way a fish would move its mouth, and there are copious secretions, this is often referred to as the "death rattle", and is often a sign there is not much time left, but only god knows how much. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can bile leak through belly button if gallstone has cut gallbladder open? Green crusty discharge only one day, tons of pain, gallstones enlarg spleen

Can bile leak through belly button if gallstone has cut gallbladder open? Green crusty discharge only one day, tons of pain, gallstones enlarg spleen

No: A gallbaldder condition would not "leak" through the belly button. If you are having pain and problems from gsllstones see a doctor for a referral to a general surgeon to discuss gallbladder surgery. ...Read more

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Bro has 16mm gallstone, the doctor can't rectify if it's cholesterol stones or pigment ones. Can he use ursodiol or actigall or urso medication and see if they dissolve instead of gallbladder removal?

Bro has 16mm gallstone, the doctor can't rectify if it's cholesterol stones or pigment ones. Can he use ursodiol or actigall or urso medication and see if they dissolve instead of gallbladder removal?

Risk of gallstones: Gallstones remain asymptomatic or cause life threatening infection and obstruction. Docs recommend gallbladder removal when gallstones are diagnosed and patient has symptoms, bloating, belching, pain. The risk/benefit analysis favors gallbladder removal before life threatening complications occur. Dissolving a stone is reserved for patients too high risk for surgery. Be well. ...Read more

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I have upper left abdomen pain with nausea fatique i also have gallstones the pain occurred immediately after drinking one glasses of alcohol I am 31?

I have upper left abdomen pain with nausea fatique i also have gallstones the pain occurred immediately after drinking one glasses of alcohol I am 31?

Gallstones: Symptoms from gallstones can be upper abdominal pressure discomfort, bloating and nausea. But gallstones are not likely causing left upper abdominal discomfort. I do not know that drinking alcohol would necessarily cause gallstone symptoms. You could have gastritis or esophagitis, and could see a gastroenterologist for evaluation. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more