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Whats the difference between well distended gallbladder and partially distended gallbladder?

Whats the difference between well distended gallbladder and partially distended gallbladder?

As loaded barrel: Gall bladder contracts and empties the bile with fatty meal , physiological distended gb is filled to the capacity , ready to empty after meal results in partially distended half filled gb. Distends in disease also as stone blocks cystic duct ( hydrops ) or tumor in head of pancreas. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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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Does distended gallbladder mean obstructed?

Does distended gallbladder mean obstructed?

Not necessarily: This may just mean you haven't eaten in a while and the gallbladder has accumulated a lot of bile. If you are having pain in the abdomen would get additional testing, e.g. a HIDA scan. ...Read more

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What would cause a distended gallbladder without gallstones?

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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Could you please help me find an answer! what would cause a distended gallbladder without gallstones?

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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My wife is diagnosed with distended gallbladder and having inflated, tight lower abdomen and sometimes having pain also especially in the evening. ?

My wife is diagnosed with distended gallbladder and having inflated, tight lower abdomen and sometimes having pain also especially in the evening. ?

Several reasons: Distension of gall bladder usually diagnosed by ultrasound.Distended gall bladder may mean abnormality, but often is related to how long patient fasted before the study.The longer the fast the more distended the gall bladder.Food ingestion causes gb to contract.If symptomatic hida study would determine gall bladder function. Physician has to correlate blood tests and imaging for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Have a distended gallbladder with no stones. Also have a lot of gas in abdomen. Is it related and what is treatment for distended gallbladder?

IT DEPENDS: Not all diseased gallbladders have stones. About 10% of gallbladders removed, due to symptoms , have no stones. They just fail to empty appropriately, leading to pain, bloating, increased gas, and nausea. A functional test (hida scan) of the gallbladder can be ordered, and if the gallbladder is not emptying appropriately, removal will usually improve symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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Latest abdominal ultrasound reveals well distended gallbladder, fatty liver, mild gallbladder wall thickening.But lft normal.No pain.What can this mean?

Why did you get US?: If lfts are normal, and no pain, why get us? Fatty liver means more fat stored in liver than normal, usually due to metabolic reasons - overweight, diabetes, alcohol overuse/abuse. Gallbladder wall thickening is a weak sign of gallbladder disease in people with pain or tenderness - in this case it probably means the gallbladder could distend even more than it was. ...Read more

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MRI end aug showed gallstones in gallbladder neck, now recent MRI shows distended Gallbladder. 13 yr Son is also on tpn, emesis daily...meaning ?

MRI end aug showed gallstones in gallbladder neck, now recent MRI shows distended Gallbladder. 13 yr Son is also on tpn, emesis daily...meaning ?

Distended GB: is normal if he is not eating anything by mouth. The emesis could be from multiple things, since I am assuming there are other health issues given he is on TPN daily? However, GB trouble can cause emesis, although usually the main symptoms are right upper quadrant abd pain after meals, nausea, bloating, indigestion. He needs further workup. Good luck! ...Read more

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What does moderately fluid distended gallbladder mean? Noted on abdominal MRI, common bile duct diameter at 6mm. & I have alot of abdominal symptoms.

What does moderately fluid distended gallbladder mean? Noted on abdominal MRI,  common bile duct diameter at 6mm. & I have alot of abdominal symptoms.

As an isolated: finding it is of uncertain significance, it may mean nothing. It has to be interpreted in the context of your entire clinical picture, i.e. does your doctor suspect gallbladder dysfunction or biliary problem. Likewise, a 6mm common bile duct is borderline abnormal. If you have no signs, symptoms, or lab values suggesting biliary obstruction, it may be normal for you. ...Read more

Dr. Ira Katz
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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