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Can antibiotics help with gallbladder disease?

Can antibiotics help with gallbladder disease?

No: Antibiotics do not help with gallbladder disease except in the case of gallbladder infection, in which case they are only useful as an adjunct to surgery. ...Read more

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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


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Do you know if you have gallbladder disease?

Do you know if you have gallbladder disease?

Ultrasound: A gallbladder attack is characterized by right- or middle upper abdominal pain (severe, pressure-like, noncramping, nonburning) that typically lasts for an hour.. Associated symptoms include nausea+/-vomiting+/-chills. The pain often radiates around into the back and/or shoulder. Attacks are often precipitated by fatty or fried food. If you have these symptoms, an ultrasound will confirm the dx. ...Read more

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How likely is dying from gallbladder disease?

Not very high: Chance of dying from gallstones, unless you let it go untreated for many years. Rarely, you can develop cancer of the gallbladder, which is a serious condition with high chance of dying. ...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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What are the main symptoms of gallbladder disease?

What are the main symptoms of gallbladder disease?

Pain & nausea: Pain in the middle or right side of upper abdomen, increased or new reflux, nausea and sometimes vomiting, and food intolerance - especially fatty or fried food. ...Read more

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What are the chronic gallbladder disease symptoms?

What are the chronic gallbladder disease symptoms?

Classic symptoms: Are epigastric and right upper quadrant abdominal pain, starting two or three hours after a heavy or fatty meal, with radiation to right shoulder blade, lasting six to eight hours, in a forty year old plump woman with multiple births. But hardly anyone has all, or even any, of the the classic symptoms. ...Read more

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Is a gallbladder sludge considered a gallbladder disease?

Yes if there's pain.: Pain after eating, anywhere in the upper abdomen, especially with fatty foods, may be cholecystitis. This is true if stones are present, called "cholelithiasis with cholecystitis." sometimes when the gall bladder ultrasound is "normal", i.e. There are no stones, the gall bladder doesn't empty properly (seen on cck hida). This can also be true with sludge. In all cases, surgery relieves the pain. ...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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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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What are the signs and symptoms of gallbladder disease?

What are the signs and symptoms of gallbladder disease?

Pain and nausea: Upper abdominal pressure discomfort with gas and bloated feeling after eating, may get upper abdominal pain and nausea, sometimes vomiting. Worse after eating some fatty or greasy foods. Pain can go into the right upper abdomen too. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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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