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Dr. Scott Keith
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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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Gall bladder stone and heart problems?

Gall bladder stone and heart problems?

Hurt in similar area: Many patients who had gall stone pain (biliary colic) hurt in their upper central abdomen and between their shoulders. Many of my patients went to er thinking they suffered a heart attack only to be told they need gall bladder surgery. The lesson here is that you don't wait till you are absolutely sure about a heart attack or biliary colic - if in doubt, get checked asap. ...Read more

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Do gall bladders always require surgical removal because gall stones are present?

No: Gallstones can be found incidentally in many people who will never have problems with them. If you aren't having symptoms and there aren't any concerning findings on the imaging study that diagnosed them, they can be safely observed. Calcification of the gallbladder wall or stones larger than 2cm diameter are some findings that should encourage removal. ...Read more

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Will a nuclear hida scan show pancreatic stones or bile duct stones?

Will a nuclear hida scan show pancreatic stones or bile duct stones?

No: Hida scan is a functional exam to reveal if the bile duct is blocked by a stone or tumor. If blockage is suspected by the results, an MRI of the bile ducts (mrcp) is frequently the next step to visualize the blockage. ...Read more

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Gall stone in gall bladder?

Gall stone in gall bladder?

Right upper abd pain: Gallstones can cause no symptoms or pain in the upper abd especially when eating fatty food. Go to your doc for referral for ultrasound. If you have symptomatic gallstones you may need to see a surgeon for gall bladder removal. Untreated, it can cause a more serious infection. ...Read more

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Why do gall bladder stones formed?

Why do gall bladder stones formed?

Component imbalance: The principal components of bile are water, bile salts, cholesterol and lecithin. Imbalance in these components causes precipitation and stone formation. Most stones are pure cholesterol or cholesterol with calcium mixed in. Pigment (black) stones occasionally form in the gallbladder and are associated with hemolytic conditions such as sickle cell anemia and others. ...Read more

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How to remove gallbladder stones without surgeryp?

No effective way: Gallstones can't be removed or dissolved well with any medications or even lithotrypsy such as is used to break up kidney stones. Actigall (ursodiol) is one medicine used to decrease the likelihood of forming stones but it doesn't work to get rid of stones that are already formed in the gallbladder. Minimally invasive laparoscopic cholecystectomy cures the problem. It's an outpatient surgery. ...Read more

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How can you remove gall bladder stone without operation?

How can you remove gall bladder stone without operation?

Magic: Short of surgery there is no way to remove stone. Depending on type of stone it is possible to dissolve with medication, but medication must taken life-long. I would discuss this with a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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What are gall bladder or gall stone symptoms?

What are gall bladder or gall stone symptoms?

Pain w/meals, cramps: Gallbladder pain is usually describes as colicky (cramping) that comes in waves, stimulated by fatty meals, as such meals stimulate the gallbladder to contract, causing pain. It is on the right side under the ribs (and liver) but can radiate to other places.It is more common in women in their 40s, and being overweight increases risk. Often symptoms are recurrent over time.If bad, can have fever. ...Read more

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Can gallbladder stone causes jaundice?

Can gallbladder stone causes jaundice?

Gallstones: Yes. Blocking the bile duct , the stones cause a backup of bile coming out of the liver into the gallbladder. Excessive bile leaks into the blood stream and tissues, causing the yellow hue of jaundice. There are several ways it can happen. Stones are one way. ...Read more

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Gall bladder stone 16mm operation ?

Gall bladder stone 16mm operation ?

Gallstone: Just the presence of a gallstone on a study in and of itself is not an indication for surgery. Symptoms of recurrent upper abdominal discomfort with gas bloating & nausea after eating, painful yellow jaundice, recurrent vomiting after eating, abnormal liver blood tests; each can be an indication for surgery. Discuss and review your symptoms with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can gall stones be passed?

Can gall stones be passed?

Sometimes: Usually large gall stones do not pass but do sometimes cause obstruction at the common bile duct with increased pain and sometimes jaundice. Sludge and gravel are small enough to disappear.A fistula sometimes develops between a gangrenous gallbladder and the duodenum or other parts of the gastrointestinal tract, allowing passage of the stone. If have gallstones and pain surgery usually indicated. ...Read more

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Which one increase risk of gallbladder cancer: acalculus cholecystitis(no stone) or fistula in gallbladder and intestine? ?

Which one increase risk of gallbladder cancer: acalculus cholecystitis(no stone) or fistula in gallbladder and intestine? ?

Both conditions: By themselves probably do not increase chance of gallbladder cancer. If it does, it is still very very low. Even if you have gallstones, chances of developing gallbladder cancer is very low. Unfortunately, once you develop gallbladder cancer, chances of survival are quite low. ...Read more

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Had ultrasound that indicated gall stone foci (6mm). Liver and gall bladder normal. no pain. Coded as cholestasis. Why not say minor gall stones?

Had ultrasound that indicated gall stone foci (6mm).  Liver and gall bladder normal. no pain.  Coded as cholestasis.  Why not say minor gall stones?

Coding error?: I agree. Sounds like the more appropriate ICD-10 code for your finding was K80.20 = Calculus of gallbladder w/o cholecystitis w/o obstruction. Perhaps your provider has however other data that supports a diagnosis of cholestasis (K71.0, K83.1). ...Read more

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What is a gall bladder operation to remove gall stones like?

Laparoscopic: Usually an outpatient laparoscopic surgical procedure to remove the gallbladder through 1-4 small incisions, usually less than an hour surgery, usually not too much pain after surgery, eat light foods the first few days after surgery. ...Read more

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Gall bladder stone how to remove without any serjery?

Not effective: If you have a single stone, then lithotripsy can be done, but stones usually reform. Taking chenodeoxycholic acid can dissolve small stones, but over a long period of time can be toxic to the liver. The best treatment for symptomatic gall stones is removal of the gall bladder. ...Read more

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Ibs and gall stone in neck of gall bladder?

Ibs and gall stone in neck of gall bladder?

Unclear: Cystic duct obstruction of gallbladder is complicated by cholecystitis, pain, and commonly need for cholecystectomy. Pain more commonly in right upper abdomen but is variable. ...Read more

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Do oxalates provoque calcified stones in the gallbladder?

Do oxalates provoque calcified stones in the gallbladder?

No: Oxalate is typically found in kidney stones, not gallbladder stones. Gallstones are mainly composed of cholesterol and some pigments. If you have calcified gallstones, the gallbladder needs to be removed. Calcified gallstones are a risk factor for cancer of the gallbladder, which is a very bad cancer to have ...Read more

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How do they remove gall blader stones?

How do they remove gall blader stones?

Whole GB removed: When done laparoscopic, the gallbladder is taken out with a small basket after cutting across the base, with a goal of keeping all of the stones in the bag. ...Read more

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Should a gallbladder be removed if it contains 80% stones and I have no symtoms?

Should a gallbladder be removed if it contains 80% stones and I have no symtoms?

Depends: Gallstones without any symptoms is not usually a reason for removing the gallbladder, but there are some exceptions. If you are a high risk for anesthesia it may make sense to have surgery when you are healthy so as to avoid the risk of a severe gallbladder attack (which may occur). Discuss with a general surgeon. ...Read more

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What complications could arise from keeping a low functioning gallbladder with no stones?

Gallbladder pain: Pain, nausea, bloating and symptoms typical of a blocked gallbladder may result from biliary dyskinesia. Literally- the gallbladder doesn't move (empty) properly. If you have known low ejection fraction and develop symptoms, see a surgeon to discuss removal. ...Read more

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What complications can arise from having a low functioning gallbladder and not having it removed? No stones. . Just ef of 9% .Us ok.

What complications can arise from having a low functioning gallbladder and not having it removed? No stones. . Just ef of 9% .Us ok.

See your doctor. : Your condition will likely deteriorate, requiring urgent surgery. Elective surgery can be done as an out-patient, through a scope, and is much safer than an urgent procedure at a time when you're acutely ill. ...Read more

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I have gallbladder pain but no stones, what to do?

HIDA Scan: Imaging study to see how well your gallbladder does its job of squeezing bile into your intestine. If your gallbladder is not functioning well on this test, it is a sign of chronic inflammation of the gallbladder and surgery would be recommended. ...Read more

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How can I disolve gallbladder stones?

How can I disolve gallbladder stones?

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

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What are the symptoms of gallbladder stones like?

What are the symptoms of gallbladder stones like?

Pain and nausea: Upper abdominal pressure discomfort with gas and bloated feeling after eating, may get upper abdominal pain and nausea, sometimes vomiting. Worse after eating some fatty or greasy foods. Pain can go into the right upper abdomen. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of gallbladder stones?

Depends: If your not having symptoms leave them alone. If you begin having pain, fever or severe indigestion then it's time for cholecystectomy ...Read more

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Can 1 large gallbladder stone be removed naturally?

No: Studies have been done to try to 'dissolve'gallstones. Limited success seen can be seen with certain small stones while on the medication, but the stones recur off the medicine. No long term success naturally. ...Read more

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Can gallbladder polyps cause same discomfort as stones?

Can: Polyps are common. Can cause similar symptoms as stones. Polyps should be monitored by sono. If they enlarge or are >1 cm, gb should be removed-risk for malignancy/cancer. ...Read more

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I have stones in the gallbladder. Can i drink pepsi cola?

Drink up: There is nothing you cannot eat or drink with gallstones - it is mostly a genetic predisposition to developing them and if they have not caused any problems so far they may never do so. The only treatment for gallstones is to remove the gallbladder surgically and this is only done if they are causing trouble so drink up! ...Read more

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How can a gallbladder stone of 9mms be dissolved by medication?

Depends on stone: It is wonderful that you are learning more about your disease. Having a single 9 mm stone one time is unusual. You may be forming sludge or multiple small stones all the time. In order to dissolve the stone an intervention or surgery will be required. Your surgeon or intervention specialist will try to remove the stone by basket or dissolve it. Watch your diet after. ...Read more

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Has anyone had their gallbladder removed thru scope with stones?

Yes.with few stones.: When the surgeon plans for it, it means gb is relatively easily removable and stones are not too much loading the gb so that the gb can be pulled through the laporoscopic port ( small openings, in the skin at sites near gb area) easily. Sometimes they start as laporoscopic, but after viewing the gb area and if they suspect the gb may more diseased than expected it is converted to open lap.Surgey. ...Read more

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My husband has stones on his gallbladder. Is surgery the best option?

My husband has stones on his gallbladder. Is surgery the best option?

Under a number of...: scenarios yes. I'm not a surgeon but refer patients to surgeons. Some clear indications that surgery is best: -persistent colicky pain &/or or other bothersome symptoms (vomiting) in repeated episodes;a high severity or prolonged duration, certainly intractable/unable to be relieved- surrounding organ dysfunction or inflammation due to the gallstones; -if the stones are particularly large ...Read more

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My husband is detected with gallbladder stone 6 mm plz suggest wht to further?

Symptoms??: If he is having symptoms right upper abdominal pain worse with a fatty meal - then I would suggest seeking a surgical evaluation for removal. If he is not having symptoms and this was found by "accident" - it does NOT necessarily mean surgery Stones in the gallbladder are not uncommon - but can cause pain and symptoms ...Read more

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What was the most effective way to flush out a gallbladder stone in a natural way?

What was the most effective way to flush out a gallbladder stone in a natural way?

Not possible: Sorry, this is not possible, despite what you may have read on various websites or holistic manuals. If gallstones, which are quite common, are not symptomatic, nothing needs to be done. If they are symptomatic, a low fat diet can help reduce the symptoms, but , usually, surgery will be necessary. ...Read more

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I have a stone in gallbladder. Is there any way it can removed without being operated.

Short answer is NO: Certain stones, depending on their characteristics such as size and composition can be dissolved with medication. But it takes a long time and the med can be toxic to liver. Then the gallbladder will re-form the stone after it is dissolved. If you are an acceptable surgical candidate and have symptoms, you should have a cholecystectomy before complications arise. ...Read more

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How concerned should I be with a 3mm polyp on my gallbladder only the one and no stones?

How concerned should I be with a 3mm polyp on my gallbladder only the one and no stones?

Nothing to worry: 3mm polyp on the Gall Bladder is nothing to worry about.It is benign and need no treatment.Plyps larger than1 cm with co occurring gall stones in people over 50 may need Gall Bladder to be removed.Also if there are several polyps or appear malignant then need to have GallBladder removed too.Follow up with your Doctor,why the test was ordered and the symptoms. ...Read more

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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