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Abnormal Gallbladder Function
No: This is not the cause of your vaginal bleeding. Please see your doctor for an examination to figure out the cause. ...Read more
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
Marginal function: Your gallbladder is functioning at the threshhold of abnormality. 35% or less is considered abnormal, and if you're symptomatic, I would recommend the gallbladder be removed. About 10% of my cholecystectomy patients don't have any stones at all, just malfunction. So, if you have trouble with fatty foods, bloating, nausea, RUQ pain, etc - speak with a surgeon. Good luck. ...Read more
DIET OR SURGERY: If your gallbladder is malfunctioning or non-functioning, and is symptomatic, it would best to have it removed. This is done laparoscopically as an outpatient in most situations. A low fat diet can moderate or eliminate the symptoms, but once the gallbladder is removed there is no restrictions. If you have no symptoms, nothing needs to be done, but the gb can't be revitalized. Good luck. ...Read more
GB ejection fraction: The normal gallbladder ejection fraction varies depending on the type of test which is used to determine it. Having said that, an ejection fraction below 35% is often considered abnormal. This does not always indicate gallbladder disease, but can be a sign of a poorly functioning gallbladder in the absence of gallstones. See your G.I. doctor for more details. Good luck. ...Read more
Symptoms?: Are you having any symptoms? I assume you had pain if they ordered an image of your gallbladder. It depends on how severe, how frequent your attacks are Some manage with diet, weight loss etc. Others have surgery to have it removed. If you are not having symptoms you can probably just watch it. May want to repeat image in 6 months to ensure it looks normal. ...Read more
Pain & nausea: If the gallbladder is blocked from gallstones & not functioning then abdominal pains with nausea & vomiting may occur. If the gallbladder has no gallstones and fills on nuclear scan without emptying, then depends on the person's symptoms which could be pain & nausea. If no symptoms then the diagnosis of non functioning gb is suspect. ...Read more
Depends: Maybe nothing if there are no gallstones. Poorly functioning gallbladder without gallstones can cause upper abdominal discomfort & nausea. It would not cause an emergency problem. See your doctor who ordered the tests to see if you need a referral to a surgeon for possible gallbladder removal, if you are having symptoms from your gallbladder. ...Read more
??: Not sure that a gallbladder would cause noise. But if there are no symptoms your really don't need to worry about it ...Read more
Wrong order: Sludge and stones form in poor functioning gallbladder. Symptomatic gallbladder disease is treated with surgical removal of your gallbladder. This is something you should discuss with your family physician. If you are symptomatic, a family physician should refer you to a skilled minimally invasive surgeon to evaluate for possible cholecystectomy. ...Read more
My gallbladder is only functioning at 9%. For last 3 months my temp has been around 99.3. Could gallbladder be causing this?
Probably not: But I would need more information. Blood test results? Are you having any GI symptoms of upper abdominal pain ; nausea? Have you already seen a general surgeon for evaluation of the low gb function? Isolated low grade fever more likely to come from the lungs if inactive or overweight, or urinary infection, etc. See your doctor for an exam. ...Read more
Life OK without GB: The gall bladder's job is to store bile, from the liver, & release it into the small intestine to digest fats. Without the gb, the liver still makes bile & directs it into the small intestine. People with gallstones have painful episodes of cholecystitis (inflammation of the gb) & do better without the gb. After gb removal 10-15% have irritation of the stomach/esophagus or diarrhea/colicky pain. ...Read more
"Apples & Oranges": The cck-hida scan measures gallbladder emptying; it is used for people who do not have gallstones yet have gallbladder symptoms (biliary dykenisia). While there is a place for gallbladder surgery in this setting, this disease does not cause inflammation in the gallbladder--in fact, the gb looks normal. Therefore, you need not worry about gallbladder rupture, a rare consequence due to gb gangrene. ...Read more
Your choice...: Your cck-hida indicates gallbladder dysfunction, which often translates to mean a symptomatic one that warrants surgical removal. There are lots of reasons however for biliary-type dyspepsia, and you may want to investigate these before considering surgery. Indeed, your symptoms may persist even if the gallbladder is removed, since it may turn out it wasn't the sole reason for your distress. ...Read more
How safe is the removal of the gallbladder? Is 0% function of GB enough reason to have it removed? Thanks
Safe but I would wai: Removal of gall bladder is a fairly safe procedure, yet no operation is 100% safe. If your gall bladder is not causing you some serious symptoms you have an option to leave it alone and not rush into surgery which may or may not be useful to you. Lack of function does not mean it is causing you any harm (unless you have gall stones). I would not rush into doing any surgery unless you have symptoms. ...Read more
Scans show my gallbladder is only functioning at 19%. How long can I wait before immediate surgery is required?
Chances of this: Condition progressing to acute cholecystitis is small, but not zero. If you are having symptoms of gallbladder problem, such as post prandial pain, best solution is elective surgical cholecystectomy, before any emergency intervenes. Consult with your surgeon regarding optimal timing. ...Read more
Is there any cleanse or natural herb to make my gallbladder only functioning at 15% work better? Or is surgery the only option?
Liver biliary flush: Do a liver biliary flush. It takes one day and works wonders. Look up hulde clarke liver flush. ...Read more
Hida scan came back 62% was only 37% 10 yrs ago so what else could be causing all my attacks if the gallbladder is functioning?
What complications can arise from having a low functioning gallbladder and not having it removed? No stones.. Just ef of 9%. Us ok.
What would cause pipida scan to say my gallbladder is functioning at 0% when I am only in mild discomfort? How does all of that work?
Biliary dyskinesia: The medical term for the gallbladder not functioning right is biliary dyskenesia. Instead of squeezing out bile to help digest food, the gallbladder spasms. The test is called a hida scan and if you gallbladder ef is less than 35% them most surgeons would recommend to have your gallbladder removed. This can be caused by chronic inflammation other not well understood causes. ...Read more
Had up right back -shoukder pain for 20mths. My gallbladder is functioning 9%. This pain is daily. Galbladder related? Or something serious?
Need more informatio: Back ; shoulder pain daily, by itself, is not likely due to gallbladder dysfunction. If you are having upper abdominal discomfort ; nausea after eating, then that may be a gallbladder symptom. Isolated back ; shoulder pain is much more likely to be a muscular pain in origin. ...Read more
I have had a low functioning (21%) gallbladder and now have developed 2 polyps 3 and 6 cm. Do you usually recommend removal for something like this?
I have been diagnosed with a non functioning gallbladder. I am I extreme pain almost constantly. Will this pain stop if the gallbladder is removed?
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