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Can you still have gallstones without your gallbladder?

Can you still have gallstones without your 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

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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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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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

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How come I had gallstones in my gallbladder?

How come I had gallstones in my gallbladder?

Genetics: In born error of metabolism. Your bile lacks an enzyme that keep cholesterol in solution and it precipitates out as gall stones. ...Read more

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What causes gallstones if you don't have a gallbladder?

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

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How do gallstones be removed from a retracted gallbladder?

How do gallstones be removed from a retracted gallbladder?

Surgery: Remove gallbladder and stones. If gallbladder is contracted it may indicate disease of the gallbladder. ...Read more

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What would cause a distended gallbladder without gallstones?

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

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What do they do if you only have 1 gallstone in your gallbladder?

What do they do if you only have 1 gallstone in your gallbladder?

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

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How you could ease the pain of gallstones or gallbladder problems?

How you could ease the pain of gallstones or gallbladder problems?

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

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Please tell me what to eat if I have gallbladder/gallstone problems?

Please tell me what to eat if I have gallbladder/gallstone problems?

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

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When before gallbladder sludge forms into gallstones or will it ever?

Unknown: Gallbladder sludge can be related to not eating & dehydration & then resolve on its own. If the sludge is due to gallbladder dysfunction then it is unknown if gallstones may form over future years or not. ...Read more

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Is it true that gallstones in the gallbladder need to be surgically removed?

Not necessarily: If your gallstones are asymptomatic they can be watched safely. If you develop pain seek treatment sooner than later. If you are diabetic talk with you doctor now. ...Read more

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I still have my gallbladder. I had gallstones six years ago. Can they return?

Yes: If you still have tour Gallbladder, you are still able to get gall stones. ...Read more

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Sorry i keep asking the same?. But what if u had no gallstones in gallbladder?

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

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I have a large symptomatic gallstone, does that mean my gallbladder is not healthy?

I have a large symptomatic gallstone, does that mean my gallbladder is not healthy?

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

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Is it possible to have my large 2.8cm gallstone removed without taking gallbladder out?

Is it possible to have my large 2.8cm gallstone removed without taking gallbladder out?

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. ...Read more

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Does my gallbladder urgently needed to be removed? I have gallstones but it didn't hurt me a lot

Does my gallbladder urgently needed to be removed? I have gallstones but it didn't hurt me a lot

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. ...Read more

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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

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I read on a medical website that when you get gallstones your gallbladder has already stopped working. Is that true?

I read on a medical website that when you get gallstones your gallbladder has already stopped working. Is that true?

Cholelithiasis: or gallstones are a buildup of cholesterol and bile acid in your gall bladder. They are a common finding and occur in symptomatic or asymptomatic persons. The presence of gallstones does not mean your gallbladder has stopped working. ...Read more

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Is their any meds u can take to dissolve gallstones?Can gallstones b removed without removing the entire gallbladder?

Is their any meds u can take to dissolve gallstones?Can gallstones b removed without removing the entire gallbladder?

No: The most effective treatment for symptomatic gallstones is to remove the gallbladder and the stones. Lithotripsy to destroy the stones and dissolution treatments have been tried in the past but are not successful. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gallstones (Definition)

Stone-like deposits of bile in the gallbladder that are made from accumulation of cholesterol or bilirubin. Most gallstones are asymptomatic, however complications of gallstones include inflammation of the gallbladder, and blockage of ...Read more


Dr. Julie Abbott
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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