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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.See 1 more doctor answer
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".
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Surgery: Remove gallbladder and stones. If gallbladder is contracted it may indicate disease of the gallbladder.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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!
Yes: If you still have tour Gallbladder, you are still able to get gall stones.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 3 more doctor answers
Well...: 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.
Removed: The gall bladder needs to be removed to get the stones out.See 1 more doctor answer
No: Gallstones in themselves are not significant unless they are associated with inflammation of the gallbladder wall. I would have your physician discuss with the radiologist whether there is thickening of the gallbladder wall, fever and an elevated white blood cell count. If so, what you may have is acute cholecystitis which would require removal. Please consult your physician.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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?
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