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It's empty: The gallbladder largely functions as a bag that concentrates bile made in the liver. Between meals, bile flows from the liver into the bile duct, and it is "sucked" into the gallbladder where it is concentrated between 8-20 x. When you eat, various stimuli including cck release stimulate gallbladder contaction, and the concentrated bile is then emptied into the small intestine to mix with food. ...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
It fills and empties as part of its work.
If diseased and scarred to a nubbin that could be called collapsed. ...Read more
My wife, age 52, has a collapsed gallbladder but no pain at all. Only one episode of pain 18 years back. Is it advisable tokeep it until it hurts?
Yes: But follow with yearly u/s scans. Sooner if symptoms develop ...Read more
Pain on right: Your liver is on your right side below the ribs. Gallbladder is tucked under the liver. Right side abdominal pain, above the belly button is usually where it hurts with a bad gallbladder. The pain occurs after eating, especially fatty foods, can be severe. If pain lasts more than an hour or if you vomit get to your doctor. Ultrasound, and/or TECH HIDA can diagnose. Ask for surgery consult. Be well ...Read more
Depends: Maybe nothing if there are no gallstones. Poorly functioning gallbladder without gallstones can cause upper abdominal discomfort & nausea. It would not cause an emergency problem. See your doctor who ordered the tests to see if you need a referral to a surgeon for possible gallbladder removal, if you are having symptoms from your gallbladder. ...Read more
This is normal: The GB stores bile that is made by the liver. In response to a fatty meal, the GB squeezes and empties the bile into the intestines to help digest your food. A collapsed GB just means that it has recently emptied, probably after a meal. Conversely, a distended or full GB is common when fasting. ...Read more
Can be normal: The gallbladder empties some after eating & would appear "collapsed" on an ultrasound. Were gallstones seen? Review the results with your doctor who ordered the test. ...Read more
I have been told I have a callapsed gallbladder and have symptoms of gallbladder problems should have more tests done?
Hello sir, my mother recently done sonography and it was mentioned as the gall bladder has collapsed but everything else is normal. Please suggest?
Typically people: Feel pain in the right upper quadrant area of the stomach which can radiate to the back or flank and sometimes also in the mid-upper stomach or epigastric area. That is the classic distribution, sometimes people can feel a band-like pain across the upper abdomen. See a surgeon to be fully evaluated, which might include an ultrasound. Good luck! ...Read more
Short answer: Is: gallstones cause gallbladder attacks. Usually, a stone, which the gallbladder forms, gets stuck at its neck and causes a blockage against bile emptying. The neck is where the gallbladder narrows down to form the cystic duct, which in turn joins the common duct. When the gallbladder contracts against the obstruction caused by stone in the neck, it causes pain, which is the attack. ...Read more
Constricted?: There is no term "restricted" that I have heard of in 30 years, but there is "constricted", which means the gallbladder is very small, due to increased muscle activity in the wall of the gallbladder. Could be a normal finding, depends on whether you have had a fatty meal before the ultrasound that detected it. If you have symptoms with pain in the abdomen, additional testing is needed. ...Read more
Yes.: While the gallbladder does have some physiologic function, it is not a critical organ. Most people don't notice much difference after it is removed. The body tends to compensate well after it is removed. Of the small percentage of people that do notice any change, the consequence is usually some diarrhea with certain fatty food intake. ...Read more
Contracted?: Contracted gallbladders are small on imaging (ultrasound or ct). Can be normal if the gallbladder recently emptied. It can be seen usually in older patients who have diseased gallbladders that have just scarred down over time. If the gallbladder does not empty with stimulation during a hida scan, the term biliary dyskinesia is used. Good luck. ...Read more
In almost all: Cases, the gallbladder is attached to the underside of the liver, in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen. The pain from gallbladder disease, however, is initially usually located in the middle of abdomen. ...Read more
Ultrasound: Pain after eating a fatty mean may be a sign of a gallbladder that isn't working. So a history and physical exam is the most important thing. Next your doctor may order an ultrasound. They may see gall stones or sludge. That is small stones that may block the duct. The gall bladder is a storage vessel. They may also order a hida scan to assess function. ...Read more
No one really knows: The majority of patients that develop complications related to gallbladder disease have assoc gallstones. No one knows why some people develop stones while others don't, although there are factors that increase the risk:family hx, female (esp, if fertile, forty, fair, fat), blood diseases (sickle cell, spherocytosis, hemolytic anemia), gastric bypass/weight change. A greasy diet can stim an attack. ...Read more
Marginal function: Your gallbladder is functioning at the threshhold of abnormality. 35% or less is considered abnormal, and if you're symptomatic, I would recommend the gallbladder be removed. About 10% of my cholecystectomy patients don't have any stones at all, just malfunction. So, if you have trouble with fatty foods, bloating, nausea, RUQ pain, etc - speak with a surgeon. Good luck. ...Read more
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