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Can Antibiotics Help With Gallbladder Disease
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
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
Avoid fats, or OR: Fatty foods often trigger the gallbladder to contract and makes the symptoms worse. 95% of patients who are actively having gallbladder pain will continue to have problems until the gallbladder is removed. So, you might consider or. ...Read more
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
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
Gallbladder diseases: = various inflammatory, functional, metabolic, and neoplastic pathologic entities that can affect the gallbladder. ...Read more
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
Indirectly: Gallstones may sometimes exit the gallbladder (gb) and get stuck within the bile ducts that connect the liver to the intestine. This may block the liver, leading to jaundice and infections (cholangitis). Furthermore, the gb is attached to the undersurface of the liver; if the gb is inflamed, the liver can secondarily become inflamed, transiently affecting liver function. ...Read more
Yes: Liver function tests include ast, alt, alkaline phosphotase (alkp), and bilirubin.Acute inflammation of the gallbladder can secondarily inflame the liver, typically causing a elevation of ast and alt. A stone in the common bile duct (cbd) may block the liver and lead to abnormalities of all these labs. If a stone is in the cbd, endoscopic removal (ERCP) is usually necessary, in addition to chole-x. ...Read more
No: It is extremely unlikely for splenic enlargement to be related to gallbladder disease. In very rare events, such as long term bile duct obstruction from gallbladder disease, it could happen. Bile duct obstruction could cause liver damage which could cause portal hypertension which would cause splenic enlargement. Once again, this would be extremely rare. ...Read more
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Usually surgery: If you are an acceptable candidate for operation under general anesthesia. Oral dissolution of gallstones are generally unsuccessful and have side effects, so it is reserved for those who have unacceptably high surgical risks. Consult with a surgeon. ...Read more
Yes: A gallbladder attack is characterized by right- or middle upper abdominal pain (severe, pressure-like, noncramping, nonburning) that typically lasts for an hour or two. 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 intake, although middle-of-the-night attacks are common. ...Read more
Yes but not likely: Routine gallstones are very uncommon. Typically stones in kids are related to hemolytic diseases such as sickle cell. There are case reports of parasites. Mostly biliary disease is secondary to abnormal development such as atresia, choledochal cysts, pancreatic anomalies. Again these are uncommon. ...Read more
Bad gallbladder: Fever, vomiting, pain in upper belly, usually right sided, bloating, belching, worse after eating fatty (or other) foods, getting worse over time, several weeks to months, and family history are all symptoms of a bad gallbladder. Hydrate, avoid fatty foods while waiting for your doc visit, diagnostic testing, and/or surgery date. Take a friend with you to appointments. There is treatment. ...Read more
Yes: The usual test for gallbladder problems is an ultrasound. That will show the stones and thickening of the gallbladder wall with a severe attack. Milder attacks might not have thickening but another test called a hida scan will show if the gallbladder is working properly. ...Read more
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