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Can You Have Gallstones With No Gallbladder
Possibly: The usual culprit here is that gallstones got out of the gallbladder before it was removed, even during the surgery. Rarely gallstones can form in the bile ducts, usually when there is inflammation of the liver/bile ducts (called cholangitis). Gallstones can often be removed with a procedure called an ERCP, which is an outpatient procedure similar to an endoscopy. ...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
Can you have gallstones and not have a gallbladder? I'm having severe right upper quad. Pain with nausea. Had recent CT and labs all are normal.
Yes: Stones can occur within the bile duct as well. Sometimes these stones are not well seen on ct, but if obstructing the duct, the duct will dilate. Dilated ducts are usually well seen on ct or ultrasound. Stones may be better seen with mrcp (imaging by MRI machine) or ERCP (a procedure done by a GI doctor). Ercp can be done to remove duct stones, or to treat a possible duct "stricture"or "spasm". ...Read more
Usually infection: Gallstones can get left behind after surgery, that is the most common cause, they were there all along. It's easy for that to happen. If new gallstones form it is usually because of an infection in the bile ducts called cholangitis. If you are still having pain and there is a gallstone in one of the bile ducts, see a gastroenterologist, there is a procedure called ERCP to remove the stones. ...Read more
Surgery: Remove gallbladder and stones. If gallbladder is contracted it may indicate disease of the gallbladder. ...Read more
Distention: A distended gallbladder without gallstones could be a normal variant or could be due to an obstruction in the biliary tract distally, however that would also cause other related symptoms. ...Read more
See below: It doesn't matter whether there is 1 stone or multiple stones in the gallbladder. If gallstones are causing symptoms, surgery is recommended, and it always includes removal of the gallbladder together with all it's contents. If there are no symptoms and the finding is incidental, then surgery is not indicated. ...Read more
Narcotics: Unfortunately, once you start having gallbladder attacks, the only definitive treatment is surgery. Thankfully, this is a very simple, straightforward operation that can get you back to normal activity in 1-2 weeks. There are some ways to dissolve stones but they are ineffective in the long run: the gallbladder is the gallstone factory and new ones will form. ...Read more
If known already: Stay away from fatty foods, i.e. Fried. When there's gallbladder disease with or without stones, my recommendation is to have it removed! ...Read more
Yes: If you still have tour Gallbladder, you are still able to get gall stones. ...Read more
Gallstones: If there are no stones in the gallbladder you can still have gallbladder problems related to sludge/gravel material as well as a poorly functioning gallbladder among other more rare conditions. ...Read more
Most likely: If you are symptomatic and surgeon thinks from GB then it likely needs to come out. He/she may do a HIDA scan to confirm that it is unhealthy. Asymptomatic cholelithiasis with normal labs can wait to be removed as not urgent. The goal is to fix the problem causing you pain and sometimes a gallstone isn't the thing causing the pain. Talk with your physician/surgeon about it. ...Read more
It is possible, and no reasonable physician would do it.
See, the problem is not just having gallstones, but the gallbladder and bile allow the formation of these... so it is likely you would produce many more...
The solution in a symptomatic patient is to remove the gallbladder. That is where the problem lies, and if it gets inflamed the surgery is urgent. ...Read more
Could you please help me find an answer! What would cause a distended gallbladder without gallstones?
Could be normal: Fasting can cause the gallbladder to be distended when examined by ultrasound. A stone too small to see at the gallbladder neck can do this as well as a stone in the common bile duct. Narrowing of the bile duct where it empties into the duodenum by stricture or tumor can do this as well as pancreatic cancer. ...Read more
I read on a medical website that when you get gallstones your gallbladder has already stopped working. Is that true?
Is their any meds u can take to dissolve gallstones? Can gallstones b removed without removing the entire gallbladder?
If I eat more fat would that empty my gallbladder more completely so that I would have less chance of getting gallstones?
No but: A interesting though, formation of gall astones involves several factors, from genetic, composition of bile, repeated infections in the gall bladder causing damage to mucosa and muscle wall of gall bladder, when damaged your suggestion will not work, will not be contracting so not going to help ...Read more
3 years since having gallbladder out and keep getting the exact same pain like a gallstone attack why is this and how can I stop it?
Does your GI know?: There are a number of possibilities. With your age and medical conditions, sphincter of Oddi dysfunction is most likely - but could also still be gallstones (now just in the biliary tree) or smth in your stomach (heartburn, gastritis, etc). Too frequently are the gallbladders taken out for pain when it never was that to begin with... ...Read more
Dr said I have gallbladder sludge, and inflamed gallbladder, is it possible to have that without gallstones? Pain happens once a week
Sludge is a variant: Form of stones. Instead of large globular stones, you have many small crystals, and yes, you can have that instead of or in addition to discreet "stones". It's sounding as though you will need to have a cholecystectomy. The sludge can obstruct the common bile duct and lead to pancreatitis. Discuss this with your doctor to see if surgery is recommended and when. If severe pain/vomiting seek ER care ...Read more
You can't: There are all sorts of old wives tale remedies out there for gallbladder stone, but science shows that once a patient has symptoms from gallstones, these symptoms are very likely to recur until the gallbladder is removed. Delaying surgery makes surgery more difficult and risks/complications higher. Stones leaving the gallbladder don't just cause pain. They can damage pancreas and cause infection. ...Read more
They usually don't: Gallstones can be large or small; most of the time they stay within the gallbladder, causing pain by blocking the outflow tract, called the cystic duct. Occasionally, small stones may get past this duct and enter the bile duct that connects the liver to the intestines. These stones can obstruct the liver or the pancreas, often requiring extraction. If one is lucky, they may pass spontaneously. ...Read more
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