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Doctor insights on: Gallbladder Inflammation (Cholecystitis)

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What could cause a person with inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis) also develop inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)?

What could cause a person with inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis) also develop inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)?

Passing a gallstone.: The same thing that causes cholecystitis can cause pancreatitis, gallstones. If the gallstone simply gets stuck at the exit site of the gallbladder, it will can get inflamed. However, if the gallstone passes out of the gallbladder and gets stuck in the connecting tube system, or ducts, then it can back up the pancreas and cause pancreatitis. The bile and pancreatic ducts join together at their end. ...Read more

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Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more


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I was diagnosed with chronic cholecystitis and i had the HIDA scan that showed my gallbladder is infected.How soon i should opt out for a surgery?

I was diagnosed with chronic cholecystitis and i had the HIDA scan that showed my gallbladder is infected.How soon i should opt out for a surgery?

Soon: Please contact your doctor/ surgeon as soon as you can. They will need to take everything in account - symptoms , studies, blood work and ofcourse talk with you. After which a decision will be made. On the other hand, if you have fevers, pain , nausea vomiting - which are ongoing- please go to the er. ...Read more

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Can alcohol cause cholecystitis ? Or any damage to gallbladder?. Intense gallbladder pain for 1yr afta quoting heavy drinking. US, BLOODS normal?

Can alcohol cause cholecystitis ? Or any damage to gallbladder?. Intense gallbladder pain for 1yr afta quoting heavy drinking. US, BLOODS normal?

It is the pancreas.: alcohol usually affect the pancreas, and the attack is very similar to the gallbladder attack. make sure you have it checked by checking the pancreatic enzymes, like amylase, and lipase, in addition to the liver enzymes. it is important to do that, because acute pancreatitis not only painful, but it could be dangerous. so please have it checked, and you might want to slow down on the alcohol. ...Read more

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Had gallbladder removed 3 months ago for chronic Cholecystitis, (no gallstones) now I'm starting to get pains again where gallbladder was and nasuas ?

Had gallbladder removed 3 months ago for chronic Cholecystitis, (no gallstones) now I'm starting to get pains again where gallbladder was and nasuas ?

Cholangitis?: The absence of gallstones points only to some predilection for that part of the body to get infected. So soon after surgery, u cd be developing another infection (especially if u have fevers \ sweating or other symptoms. Alternatively, a rare surgical complication could be developing. I doubt that any surgical equipment was left, but talk2 ur surgeon & primary doctor to get tested & some treatment ...Read more

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Which one increase risk of gallbladder cancer: acalculus cholecystitis(no stone) or fistula in gallbladder and intestine? ?

Which one increase risk of gallbladder cancer: acalculus cholecystitis(no stone) or fistula in gallbladder and intestine? ?

Both conditions: By themselves probably do not increase chance of gallbladder cancer. If it does, it is still very very low. Even if you have gallstones, chances of developing gallbladder cancer is very low. Unfortunately, once you develop gallbladder cancer, chances of survival are quite low. ...Read more

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Gallbladder removed 4 weeks ago due to acute cholecystitis. Have constant right side flank pain and pain under right rib cage. Is this normal healing?

Gallbladder removed 4 weeks ago due to acute cholecystitis.  Have constant right side flank pain and pain under right rib cage. Is this normal healing?

Unlikely: Did you have a laparoscopic or open removal of the gall bladder. If open, normal post-operative pain where you describe could still be present. However, it is more likely that you had the gall bladder removed with the scopes. If so, you really shouldn't have any more pain there. Were there any complications? Do you have any other symptoms? It's difficult for me to help more without more info. ...Read more

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What can be doen for a cholecystitis/gall bladder attack?

Surgery: Laparoscopic surgery can be performed to remove the gallbladder and gallstones. Avoid fried fatty greasy foods that may cause the attacks. Pain medication or Ibuprofen to treat the discomfort when it happens. ...Read more

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Can Crohn's disease cause cholecystitis? And what can I do to manage gall bladder pain?

Can Crohn's disease cause cholecystitis? And what can I do to manage gall bladder pain?

Yes: Crohn's disease (especially ileal disease) can be associated with gallstones and gallbladder disease. Need to see md if having cholecystitis, especially if taking cd meds that affect white blood cells or immunity. Generally, should remove gallbladder once episodes of gallbladder attacks, to avoid complications like infection of bile duct or pancreatitis (inflammation). ...Read more

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I ve been treated for more than 4 years of pre ulcerous & chronic colitis &thickening of the gall bladder wall (but still have chronic cholecystitis)?

I ve been treated for more than 4 years of pre ulcerous & chronic colitis &thickening of the gall bladder wall (but still have chronic cholecystitis)?

Isolated: Gallbladder wall thickening on an ultrasound or ct scan, without gallstones, may have no meaning. Needs more evaluation such as hida scan. Thickening of the gallbladder without gallstones can be from liver or protein abnormalities, or other benign situations. If it is from gallstones, then surgery may be indicated to remove the gallbladder. ...Read more

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My dad is having severe abdominal pain since past 3 days ... Ultra sound showed 4mm widening of gall bladder thickness.. Diagnosed with Acalculous Cholecystitis .. Prescribed with antibiotic and analgesic for 5 days.. Will cholecystectomy be necessary ??

My dad is having severe abdominal pain since past 3 days ... Ultra sound showed 4mm widening of gall bladder thickness.. Diagnosed with Acalculous Cholecystitis .. Prescribed with antibiotic and analgesic for 5 days.. Will cholecystectomy be necessary ??

Get a second opinion: Usually people who develop acalculous choelcystitis are very sick and elderly, like ICU patients. Typically they need to have their gallbladder removed right away if they are healthy enough to tolerate it. 4 mm of GB wall thickening is not very significant. If no stones were found and he is having severe pain, I would make sure something else isn't going on. See a different doctor. ...Read more

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I have gallbladder sludge and symptoms and diagnosed with cholecystsis. Cholecystomy friday. What to expect and what hospital stay will be like?

I have gallbladder sludge and symptoms and diagnosed with cholecystsis. Cholecystomy friday. What to expect and what hospital stay will be like?

Easy: You will come a few hrs earlier to fill out endless paperwork and change. Then usually an IV is started and the anesthesiologist will come speak with you (if he has not already). At that time a mild sedative may be given to you. You will be brought into the or and monitors will be attached. Then IV medication will be given to you and good night. The next thing you will remember is recovery rm. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I have chronic cholecystis recently and am scheduled for surgery soon. One of my gallbladder stone is 3 cm, is it unusual for stones to be that big ?

What do you advise if I have chronic cholecystis recently and am scheduled for surgery soon. One of my gallbladder stone is 3 cm, is it unusual for stones to be that big ?

No, not really: Sounds like you do need the operation. Gallstones can be tiny or even bigger than 3cm. Actually, the tiny ones are more dangerous because they can pass out of the gallbladder into the common bile duct and cause jaundice. Gallbladder removal used to require a big operation with a long scar. Now, most are done laparoscopically which is simple and safe and you are home in a day. Peter wilk, md. ...Read more

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Had ultrasound of my gallbladder, it showed that I had small gallstones, wall thickening, 5mm, and no pericholecystic fluid, choleystitis? no fluid?

Typical report: Gallstones can vary in size from very small to quite large. Normal GB wall is 2 to 3 mm thick, 5mm is not much above normal. Pericholecystic fluid is typically seen on US and suggests acute inflammation. ...Read more

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I have chronic cholecystits according to a recent hida scan. Will soon have my gallbladder removed. Can my gbd be the cause of my kidney stones?

I have chronic cholecystits according to a recent hida scan. Will soon have my gallbladder removed. Can my gbd be the cause of my kidney stones?

No relation: Gallstones and kidney stones are formed from different type of materials. You may have an underlying metabolic cause for your kidney stones like hyperparathyroidism increasing calcium levels in your body, but even then that does not cause gallstones. Gallstones are pretty common. See a urologist in consultation for appropriate management of kidney stones. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does chronic cholecystis with pain mean gallbladder will be removed. Recent WBC elevated but down now. Low grade temps? Ct abd neg. Hida done chronic

Does chronic cholecystis with pain mean gallbladder will be removed. Recent WBC elevated but down now. Low grade temps? Ct abd neg. Hida done chronic

Yes.: The episodes of pain and elevated wbc, low grade temps and abnormal hida mean the gall bladder is inflamed. The only sure cure is surgery. If there is severe pain, fever, and or jaundice it could be an emergency situation. Otherwise it can be more elective, but surgery will be needed. ...Read more

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Can a gallbladder sludge cause inflammation in the gallbladder with no symptoms?

Can a gallbladder sludge cause inflammation in the gallbladder with no symptoms?

Its possible: Sludge is very small stones. The majority of gallstones are symptom free. The symptoms are pain after eating, bloating, belching and progress to severe frequent pain that lasts longer and longer. Fever, vomiting and complication of pancreatitis or liver obstruction are potentially life threatening. Okay to talk to your doctor about your diagnosis and your health. Good luck. ...Read more

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If there's inflammation when I have cholecystomy to remove gallbladder and sludge, will i need a drainage?

If there's inflammation when I have cholecystomy to remove gallbladder and sludge, will i need a drainage?

Usually no: Routine uncomplicated cholecystectomy or removal of gallbladder do not require drainage, how ever may need depending on operative findings , presence severe infection, pus pockets etc when present needs drainage, speak to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Cholecthiasis and gallbladder sludge with lots of inflammation. Cholecytomy monday. Is it possibility lapro will b converted to open?

Cholecthiasis and gallbladder sludge with lots of inflammation. Cholecytomy monday. Is it possibility lapro will b converted to open?

Some times yes: Most of the time gall bladder could be removed with pin hole surgery, or laparoscopic surgery, very rarely it may not be possible due to severe adhesion, abnormal anatomy, bleeding etc then it will be removed by open incision speak to your surgeon about your concern. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Gallbladder (Definition)

The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more


Dr. Michael Gabor
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Gall Bladder (Definition)

Sac like organ that serves to store bile, a digestive detergent which is made in the liver. Typically contracts after eating and sends the stored bile down ducts to ...Read more