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Distended Gallbladder Causes
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
Depends: Your gallbladder will be distended when you are not eating. It fills with bile and then, when you eat, it empties. This is not a problem. It is normal physiology. The problem happens when your gb is obstructed by a stone or inflammation and cannot empty. This can lead to infection and severe pain, fevers, etc. If you have no stones on ultrasound you may need a hida to see how ur gb empties. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A distended: gallbladder is caused by a stone blocking the outlet. So, eating fatty foods at this time may cause more discomfort than you necessarily would want. I would suggest seeking a PCP opinion and possibly getting referred to a surgeon for removal. Good Luck ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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