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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Had Hida scan for gallstones & months later multiple mammos for stereotactic biopsy (calcification-benign)-dangers to all this radiation?

Had Hida scan for gallstones & months later multiple mammos for stereotactic biopsy (calcification-benign)-dangers to all this radiation?

The danger is tiny: The risk of induced cancer from a HIDA scan and dozens of mammogram images is incredibly small. In fact, some would claim the risk could barely be calculated reliably. See: http://www. Riainvision. Com/exams/hida_scan. Aspx Note, we all get x ray radiation naturally every day.
There is real risk with repeated studies such as CT scans. For instance, one CT study of the chest equals 100 chest x rays. ...Read more

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I have a small kidney stone, CT showed liver calcification on right horn, and gallstones, my colesestal has also recently rose very high from last yr?

I have a small kidney stone, CT showed liver calcification on right horn, and gallstones, my colesestal has also recently rose very high from last yr?

See a doctor: Have your elevated cholesterol treated medically. Kidney stones are not related to cholesterol. Liver calcification is not related to cholesterol ; is observed unless it is associated with a mass lesion. Gallstones may be related to your cholesterol but they will not go away. Gallstones are observed unless they are causing abdominal pressure discomfort ; nausea after eating - then surgery. ...Read more

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Found out I have gallstones. What does this mean? Is this the reason for some nasty chest pain I've had time to time? They said they're not calcified

Found out I have gallstones. What does this mean? Is this the reason for some nasty chest pain I've had time to time? They said they're not calcified

Here are some...: It would be most logical to refer this Q to the doc ordering the tests since s/he possesses more of your pertinent medical information than anyone online. Such finding is usually an incidental find at testing for other reasons, and likely represents the presence of concentrated bile-containing slush, which is more commonly seen in overweight person. More? Ask doc timely. ...Read more

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My mom had CT scan showed calcification focus within gallbladder the doctor said its not gall stone. Are they thinking this is cancer? Has to haveu/s

My mom had CT scan showed calcification focus within gallbladder the doctor said its not gall stone. Are they thinking this is cancer? Has to haveu/s

Making sure its not: The calcification, if not a mobile stone, may represent mural calcification (gallbladder wall calcification), porcelain gallbladder, rare condition believed to be caused by chronic cholecystitis (exact cause is unclear).
In these patients a prophylactic cholecystectomy has been advocated due to association with gallbladder cancer, although the association with gb cancer appears to be weak (~1-5%). ...Read more

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Recent cat scan showed calcification on head of pancreatitis had gall stones gb removed in April should I be concerned do not drink?

Recent cat scan showed calcification on head of pancreatitis had gall stones gb removed in April should I be concerned do not drink?

Best to be moderate: In your alcohol consumption. The CT suggests that your pancreas has some scarring, or is in the process of healing from, pancreatitis. That might have been from the gallstones you've had removed, or it could be from excessive alcohol consumption or high cholesterol, to name a few. As your pancreas is healing it is best to avoid alcohol to avoid re-injury. ...Read more

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Well circumscribed hypoechoic 4.8 cm cystic mass. Thickened internal septations, perifpheral mural nodularity and calcification. Pain upper abdomen.

Well circumscribed hypoechoic 4.8 cm cystic mass. Thickened internal septations, perifpheral mural nodularity and calcification. Pain upper abdomen.

Ovarian: I assume the report is describing an ovarian cyst which may be fluid filled. If so, your gynecologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you. It is not clear if this is the cause of your abdominal discomfort since the discomfort is not in the pelvic area. Other imaging studies may be recommended. ...Read more

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My husband has gallstones and is quite jaundice right now. We are trying to conceive. If we did right now, is that harmful to the fetus?

My husband has gallstones and is quite jaundice right now. We are trying to conceive. If we did right now, is that harmful to the fetus?

Probably not.: If your husband's jaundice is truly due to gallstones, it will not be a danger to the fetus. However, if there is a possibility that the jaundice could have other causes, such as viral hepatitis or other infectious causes of liver disease, then there could be some peril. Your husband should have his jaundice evaluated and treated promptly. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I die from gallstones?

Can I die from gallstones?

Highly Unlikely: Most people with gallbladder disease are troubled by transient episodes of pain, often after eating (biliary colic). If the gb is obstructed by a stone, inflammation can develop, but it rarely leads to an infection. If a stone exits the gb, it can block the: liver, potentially leading to serious liver infections (cholangitis), or the pancreas, leading to pancreatitis; very rarely, this is fatal. ...Read more

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How are gallstones diagnosed?

Usually ultrasound: Given the right medical history, gallstones are usually diagnosed by an ultrasound. On occasion, gallstones can be picked up by other means, such as ct scan or by plain x-rays of the abdomen. Usually asymptomatic gallstones are left undisturbed. ...Read more

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How should I treat gallstones?

How should I treat gallstones?

Possibly surgery: If the gallstones are consistently causing problems (pain with eating, jaundice, pancreatitis), the gallbladder should be surgically removed. Avoiding fatty foods and losing weight can help lessen these symptoms and may make surgery unnecessary. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of gallstones?

What are symptoms of gallstones?

Gallstones: Gallstones are made of various crystal that grow into stones in the gallbladder. They can be from bile (bilirubin) or cholesterol origin. They grow in the gallbladder, may be present without any symptoms, or may cause upper abdominal pressure, bloating, discomfort, nausea, or vomiting. Often eating fatty foods may aggravate the discomfort from gallstones. ...Read more

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What is the cause of gallstones?

Imbalance: Chemical imbalance inside the gallbladder with crystals that form from either bile salts or cholesterol, these grow into gallstones. More common in females and can also be hereditary in some native populations. Some theories of hormonal changes, gallbladder wall dysfunction, cholesterol imbalance, etc, etc. ...Read more

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What should you do for gallstones?

What should you do for gallstones?

Depends: Leave them alone & observe if you are having no abdominal symptoms of discomfort, nausea or vomiting. Laparoscopic surgery is a common means to remove gallbladder and gallstones if they are causing an illness or problem. Medication may dissolve non-calcified gallstones but may take years. ...Read more

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Can not eating help gallstone pain?

Can not eating help gallstone pain?

Not the best: Choice, especially after childbirth. Starvation is a very poor option. Avoid fried, fatty, greasy foods. Eat healthy fruits & vegetables and small amounts of lean meats. That should help the discomfort. See a doctor or a General Surgeon regarding gallbladder surgery. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of gallstones?

Pain with fatty food: Many patients report sharp right upper abdominal pain following a rich meal that can "wrap around" the right side with occasional pain between shoulder blades. More severe attack can cause your urine to turn dark and give you pale color loose bm. If you don't get treated in time, your eyes may turn yellow, run a fever and really get into a bad shape... Get checked, don't take a chance. ...Read more

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Are gallstones considered dangerous?

No.: If they are causing symptoms then removal of your gallbladder may be indicated. Otherwise nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Can a calicifed gallstone cause pain?

Yes: Gallstones can cause pain when the GB attempts to contract to empty the bile it stores that the liver makes. The GB squeezes in response to a fatty meal to help digest your food. If you are having right upper quadrant pain especially after meals, see a surgeon to get evaluated. You may need surgery. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the non shadowing gallstones?

What are the non shadowing gallstones?

Sludge v. Stones: The preferred mode of identification of gallstones is ultrasound; stones typically are solid and cast a shadow on ultrasound. Some stones are too small to cast a shadow or may represent "sludge" within the gallbladder. When I see this result on ultrasound, it tells me that there may not be stones; therefore, I would only recommend surgery if the rest of the clinical picture was crystal-clear. ...Read more

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Are there typical signs of gallstones?

Are there typical signs of gallstones?

1: Most people with gall stones have no symptoms at all- talk about typical. When they cause symptoms it can be pain on right side of abdomen, upper middle abdomen or chest usually worse after food. If acute infection - choleystitis sets in, one may have fever chills and severe right upper abdominal pain. ...Read more

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What are signs/symptoms of gallstones?

May be none: Gallstones may be present for years and never cause symptoms. The gall bladder is a storage compartment for bile. The gall bladder is signaled to contract after a fat containing meal to aid digestion. If a gall stone is caught in the duct system leading to the bowel, it can become lodged in the duct and cause pain under the right rib cage in the abdomen. Ask your doctor if this fits your complaint. ...Read more

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What causes gallstones? What chemicals?

What causes gallstones? What chemicals?

Gallsones: Obesity, high fat diet, female sex and age increase risk for gallstones. No chemicals specifically. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of having gallstones?

What are symptoms of having gallstones?

Cholelithiasis: Pain in right upper belly associated with nausea/vomiting which usually worsens with greasy/fatty food. If sever may cause jaundice. ...Read more

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Is there a way to tell I have gallstones?

Ultrasound: Gallbladder is typically evaluated with an us to check for stones, they may rarely show up on a plain x-ray and sometimes on a ct. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a single 5ml gallstone is that big?

Size doesn't count: A 5mm stone is not big, but can cause problems at any size. If you have upper abdominal pain after eating, especially with fatty foods, see your doctor and ask if you need a referral to a surgeon for gallbladder removal - it's the only treatment for symptomatic gallstones. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a gallstone attack?

What are the symptoms of a gallstone attack?

Biliary Colic: Gallbladder attacks cause a very classic constant, noncramping pressure like pain in the right upper abdomen or mid-abdomen. The pain often radiates around into the right back +/-shoulder; nausea+/-vomiting+/-fever+/-chills may occur, as well. Typically the pain is precipitated by food, especially fatty/fried ones. Typical attacks may last hour (s) and often resolve as quickly as they begin. ...Read more