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Collapsed Gallbladder Symptoms
I have been told I have a callapsed gallbladder and have symptoms of gallbladder problems should have more tests done?
Biliary colic: Your gallbladder could be the cause of your abdominal pain aka biliary colic. A surgery consult is indicated. Where risk/benefit analysis of organ retention vs surgical removal/laprascopic cholecystectomy can be discussed. Take a friend with you. Your surgeon may order more tests. ...Read moreSee 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
Several things: Gall bladder collapse is usually seen by ultrasound exam. Contracted or collapsed gallbladder can refer gb response following meal, ingestion of fat or injection intravenously of the hormone(cck) that is responsible for causing the gallbladder to contract. Inflammation due to gallstones can result in scarring of the gallbladder. Scarring causes the gallbladder to be contracted. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Low fat diet: Your gallbladder stores bile. When you eat fatty foods or fried foods the gallbladder secretes the bile to break the foods down. So if you want to keep your gallbladder happy avoid foods high in saturated fats and fried foods. Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nausea, vomit, pain: Dull, achy pain in right upper abdomen or under breastbone, often radiating to back, between shoulder blades, often after a fatty meal, in evening, increasing intensity, often associated with vomiting. Can be with fever, dark urine, light stool, jaundice (yellow eyes and skin)-not good; signs a stone is stuck in the pipes. Can lead to inflamed pancreas (also not good). Any doubts-see md. ...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
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 surgery. While there are methods to dissolve gallstones, they fail because the stones return. Avoiding fried and fatty foods may decrease the probability of attacks but is not foolproof. ...Read more
Biliary colic: Gallstones can remain asymptomatic or cause gallbladder infection, obstruction of pancreas and/or liver. The last two can be life-threatening. Docs recommend gallbladder removal when gallstones are diagnosed and patient is symptomatic, with bloating, belching, pain after eating, worsening with time and fatty foods. The risk/benefit analysis favors laprascopic cholecystectomy. ...Read more
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