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Can you die from gallbladder disease?

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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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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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What is gallbladder disease?

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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Can my child get gallbladder disease?

Can my child get gallbladder disease?

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

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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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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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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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Who knows anything about gallbladder diseases?

Who knows anything about gallbladder diseases?

Many doctors: Your family doctor can discuss with you gallbladder disease. A gastroenterologist can review cases as needed where there are uncertainties. ...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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Dr. Peter Ihle
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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


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