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Bile Duct Obstruction With No Gallbladder
Gallbladder and bile duct are normal but have stones and had one attack. Can diet do the trick or do I need surgery?
Anything that creates a blockage of the intestinal tract. You may think of the intestinal tract (stomach, small bowel, large bowel) as somewhat akin to a garden hose. If you kink the garden hose, or twist it, or block it inside, you have created an "obstruction". Most obstructions are a results of previous surgery and most of these ...Read more
Gallbladder us shows 5mm soft tissue fullness with adjacent wall thickness no stone or sludge. Normal thickness and bile duct elsewhere. Do I need to?
Sphincter muscle: At the end of the duct, just at it's entry to the intestine. There is a circular muscle that closes off the duct when bile is not needed to digest foods. Since the liver never stops making bile, it will build up inside the bile ducts and stretch them out when a gallbladder has been removed. A stone could block the duct but will produce symptoms. The stretched open ducts happen without symptoms. ...Read more
After my gallbladder removal my bile duct has stricture. An ercp has performed but it remains. What should I do?
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Had my gallbladder removed in 2008. Had a bile duct stone removed 2009.Still having the same symptoms of gallbladder/stone pain. Tests so nothing. Sos!?
Age63, f, remove 1 stone from bile duct during ercp. What r the possible reasons 2 remove gallbladder? Can this be avoided?
I have an inflammed common bile duct with no stones determined during gallbladder removal. What can be the other reasons?
The stone passed: If you are otherwise recovering well from gallbladder removal surgery, you can rest assured the inflammation was part of the disease process and nothing more. If you have jaundice, yellow eyes and skin, losing weight, feeling poorly then get in to your doc, consider ERCP and biopsy. Be well. ...Read more
No gallbladder but keeps getting stones in the bile duct leading to surgery, where are they coming from, why and can they prevented?
Biliary stones: It has been suggested that the biliary ducts have some stone forming potential. There are medications that can be used in the long term that may help, ursodiol for example. ...Read more
Had my gallbladder taken out over 30 years ago. Had MRI recently and results state I have a linear artifact in my bile duct. What can it be?
Clip: It could very well be a surgical clip intentionally placed in that area by your surgeon at that time. ...Read more
Before and after my gallbladder removal my bile duct has been dilated even still a year later, this causes a lot of pain, will this go away itself?
Depends: Ask your doctor how dilated the bile duct is. After gallbladder removal, it is normal to have a slightly enlarged bile duct. Additionally, as you age, your bile duct usually enlarges a bit, usually about 1 mm per 10 years. If you have stones in your bile duct, you certainly need to have this addressed. Finally, proving that your pain is from the dilated bile duct is quite difficult. ...Read more
I just had a stent put in by my common bile duct, is it normal to have a tender feeling where my gallbladder is?
F, 63, what is the alternative to remove stone instead of removing gallbladder? (remove 1 stone from bile duct through ercp) any risk?
Gallbladder removed 9 wks ago. Clipped bile duct resulted in open procedure. Still exhausted all the time. Is this normal? How long will I be tired?
Post op tiredness: Hello, most people bounce back after 6 weeks but have your doc do a fingerprick Hemaglobin or get a blood count to exclude ANEMIA. If not then check TSH to see that thyroid is normal and check electrolyes, sodium and potasssium. Take a vitamin suppplement and Iron and get some exercise. It will get better.. ...Read more
What is inflammation of the common bile duct & mucosal irregularity? Is it something to be concerned about? Can it heal itself after gallbladder removal
What can I expect from GI doc when us shows bile duct dilated at 16mm. My gallbladder was removed 9/28/12. Bile duct was previously 12.9mm. Thank you?
Gallbladder is contracted and contain multiple echogenic calculi. The common bile duct is 4mm and no filling defect is seen. Please advice me.
Do You Have Pain?: The presence of gallstones in the absence of symptoms does not warrant gallbladder surgery. In fact, most people with "silent" gallstones will never develop symptoms, as high as 75% of the time. I advise my patients to be familiar with the symptoms of gallbladder disease and return if these develop. While surgery is safe and easy, it is not risk-free. ...Read more
Gallbladder had gangrene and ruptured during surgery. Bile duct was cut in half and is draining bile, has to stay in for 3 months. What is the outlook?
Bile duct injury: It sounds like you had a very hostile gallbladder but to this point things have been repaired and that you have a t-tube in place. That tube help strain the bile and people helps prevent stricture. Overall the outlook is good and it is rare for people to have major complications or long-term effects after surgery in which the ball that was repaired. Routine follow-up as recommended by your surgeon will however be important to make sure that any problem that arises is attended to a timely fashion. ...Read more
How long will jaundice last after a stent has been inserted to clear a bile duct in the gallbladder?
Usually 2-3 days: It can take several days for the jaundice to clear after the obstruction is opened by the stent. ...Read more
Prior gasstic bypass patient, how can I tell if change is stools is blocked common bile duct, epecially since gallbladder is gone?
Family Practice: A blocked cbd usually causes pain and jaundice. An ultrasound and liver function tests would be ordered if it is suspected. ...Read more
I haven't had a period in 45 days. I had my gallbladder removed and a gallstone taken out of my bile duct. Can this make my cycle stop?
I had 2 hydascans after gallbladder surgery for spasms in the bile duct, showed partial blockage probably SOD, 1 doctor said the test were a waste?
Not a "waste":
I disagree with the "waste" comment...It is important to determine if a residual stone is blocking the COMMON BILIARY DUCT which also drains your PANCREAS. If youy symptoms continue see a GASTROENTEROLOGIST!
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more
What does moderately fluid distended gallbladder mean? Noted on abdominal MRI, common bile duct diameter at 6mm. & I have alot of abdominal symptoms.
As an isolated: Finding it is of uncertain significance, it may mean nothing. It has to be interpreted in the context of your entire clinical picture, i.e. does your doctor suspect gallbladder dysfunction or biliary problem. Likewise, a 6mm common bile duct is borderline abnormal. If you have no signs, symptoms, or lab values suggesting biliary obstruction, it may be normal for you. ...Read more
I have gastritis had gallbladder removed a year ago. Don't drink alcohol don't take any medicines. MRI show bile duct normal so what's the cause?
My 89 year old mother had her gallbladder removed 10 years ago. She has a gallstone that is 8 CM in her bile duct. What is the best way to remove it?
Several options: An 8 cm stone in the common bile duct is extremely unusual but should be addressed quickly. There are two main ways of dealing with this, she could have an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and have the stone extracted thru the duodenum with an endoscope - she may need lithotripsy to break up the stone first; she could have surgery, probably open but possibly laparoscopic. ...Read more
MRCP "Persistent mild dilation of the central intrahepatic duct. There are areas of mild narrowing & irregularity of the intrahepatic ducts & proximal common duct. No dilation of common bile duct. Gallbladder sludge is present." What causes this?
Nonspecific: I believe that the ductal findings are nonspecific. Sludge in the gall bladder can cause abdominal distress and indigestion. A gastroenterologist would sit down with the radiologist and review the images and decide whether more imaging studies like an MRI or liver biopsy are advisable depending upon your symptoms or lack of symptoms. ...Read more
Severe pain, swelling and sudden weight gain had ct then mrcp both showed enlarged gallbladder and dilated common bile duct but nonspecific, poss causes?
Need more info: The dilated common bile duct is more concerning and could possibly cause your symptoms. I would more information to be able to discuss further testing. Are your liver function tests abnormal? How big was the common duct? Depending on the above you may need an endoscopic ultrasound of the duct and the head of the pancreas. ...Read more
I have elevated liver enzyme ast (sgot)412 ALT (sgpt) 317 GGT 186 dilation of the common bile duct 1 CM no gallbladder?
Enzymes ast and alt are inside liver cells. When liver is injured by disease or medication, enzymes leak out, resulting in elevation. Can be due to many reasons, including medications like statins.
An elevated GGT suggest biliary problems, but is not that specific. The normal common bile duct measures less than 0.8 cm, but after the gb is removed, can be 1cm.
Complete history needed for this. ...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
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