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Are certain people more susceptible to gallbladder disease?

Are certain people more susceptible to gallbladder disease?

Yes: Gallbladder disease is more likely to occur in females, those over 40, women of childbearing age, pregnant women, and those who are overweight. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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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


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Am I more susceptible to gallbladder disease while pregnant?

Am I more susceptible to gallbladder disease while pregnant?

Yes: Pregnancy hormones slow how the bile passes through the gallbladder and increase your chances of both gallstones and gallbladder problems without stones. Diet won't really affect whether you have gallstones but avoiding fatty foods can decrease your symptoms if you do. ...Read more

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Could gallbladder diseases only happen to fat people?

Could gallbladder diseases only happen to fat people?

No: GB disease can affect anyone, even people with a normal weight. The classic risk factors for gallbladder are related to being overweight however, as well as being female, fertile, and in your forties. I have seen patients from 16 to 90 with galbladder issues and with all body types and both genders. ...Read more

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Does the gallbladder need to be removed if I have gallbladder disease?

Probably: If the true source of your symptoms is the gallbladder, surgery is probably inevitable. You could try to avoid fatty and greasy foods to reduce your symptoms, but at your age, sooner or later, it will probably get worse regardless, especially if you become pregnant. ...Read more

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Can my bad diet lead to gallbladder disease?

Yes: I agree with dr. Rosen. Gallbladder disease is often multi-factoral. There are clear relationships between diet and gallbladder disease. In addition to poor dietary choices, things including yo-yo dieting with significant weight swings is associated with increased stone formation. Certain illnesses are also associated with development of gallstones. ...Read more

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What is gallbladder disease?

Malfunction gallblad: Often gallbladder disease is called a malfunction gallbladder where pain occurs in the right side of the abdomen under the rib cage and goes to the shoulder blade after eating fatty food. It usually starts after 15-20 minutes from eating and lasts more than 15 minutes. It is diagnosed by ultrasound finding of stones. Early forms of gallbladder disease needs a nuclear study for diagnosis. ...Read more

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How to help the symptoms of gallbladder disease?

How to help the symptoms of gallbladder disease?

Cholecystectomy: Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) remains the "gold standard" for treatment of gallbladder disease. It is a safe, usually simple operation, typically performed via minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery, with discharge home the same day and a return to normal activities within 7-10days. While there are methods to dissolve gallstones, they fail because the stones return. ...Read more

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Can you die from gallbladder disease?

Very rare.: Gallstones can cause infection which could result in septic shock. Usually that could be treated with antibiotics and surgery. Cancer of the gallbladder or bile ducts is very rare. Symptomatic gallbladder disease requires attention. ...Read more

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Is gallbladder disease common in the us?

Is gallbladder disease common in the us?

Yes.: It is safe to say that there are millions of people in the US with gallstones. Thankfully, only about 10-20% develop symptoms; this is best treated by surgery once symptoms begin. As many as 500, 000-750, 000 of these operations are performed in the US yearly. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gallbladder Diseases (Definition)

Gallbladder diseases include gallbladder stones and infection. Symptoms include abdominal pain that is often worse after a fatty meal, indigestion, ...Read more