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My friend had an ultrasound the other day and on the notes they have put that his gallbladder was not well distended, what does this mean?

My friend had an ultrasound the other day and on the notes they have put that his gallbladder was not well distended, what does this mean?

Had he eaten.: For an ultrasound of the gallbladder to be diagnostically useful one has to fast for at least six hours before the test. If he had eaten within that time frame, the gallbladder may have not been well distended. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Ultrasound test result says "the gallbladder is physiologically distended." What does this mean?

Ultrasound test result says "the gallbladder is physiologically distended." What does this mean?

It is normal: If abnormal might be contracted (not distended) as in chronic cholecystitis or dilated in the setting of bile duct obstruction. ...Read more

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If an ultrasound test result says " the gallbladder is physiologically distended " what does it mean?

If an ultrasound test result says " the gallbladder is physiologically distended " what does it mean?

Likely normal: That ultrasound reading may be a normal finding. If symptoms of gallbladder disease persist, further testing may be helpful. A nuclear cholangiogram can sometimes show if the gallbladder is emptying properly, or if it has signs of obstruction that are not clear on the ultrasound. ...Read more

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Ultrasound showed poorly distended gallbladder & hida scan showed 0%EF. What does this mean? . food causes slight pain. Will I need surgery?

Gallbladder problem: Your studies and your symptoms show that your gallbladder is not working well. In addition to the risk of having attacks of pain, there is a risk of more serious infection of the gallbladder (acute cholecystitis). Surgery to remove the gallbladder now is optional, but it's much easier and lower risk to remove it now, compared to after it turns into a bigger problem. ...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?

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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My abdominal ultrasound result reveals gallbladder is distended and demonstrates multiple mucosal polyps, size 4.5.No calculus. What do I do please?

My abdominal ultrasound result reveals gallbladder is distended and demonstrates multiple mucosal polyps, size 4.5.No calculus. What do I do please?

Gallbladder: It's unlikely you had an ultrasound without some complaint. Gallbladder polyps are generally cholesterol polyps and have minimal risk unless they are larger than 1 cm or enlarging quickly. If you are having classic gallbladder symptoms, gall bladder removal may be indicated. ...Read more

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My doctor said that I have a distended gallbladder. I had a ct scan and ultrasound. Does this mean that I have gallstones? I have some shoulder pain

My doctor said that I have a distended gallbladder. I had a ct scan and ultrasound. Does this mean that I have gallstones? I have some shoulder pain

There are other: Potential reasons for gall bladder distention besides stones. Right shoulder pain is a common referred pain from gall bladder disease. You will need to discuss these concerns with your doctor who has the full reports of your ultrasound and CT scan. ...Read more

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I had an ultrasound done. The reports say I have partially distended urinary bladder and semi distended gall bladder. What does that all mean?

I had an ultrasound done. The reports say I have partially distended urinary bladder and semi distended gall bladder. What does that all mean?

Sounds normal: The urinary bladder and the gall bladder each fill and empty regularly in normal people every day. The comment on the ultrasound report doesn't indicate that there is anything abnormal. ...Read more

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What to do if I had an ultrasound done and the reports say I have partially distended urinary bladder and semi distended gall bladder what does it mean?

What to do if I had an ultrasound done and the reports say I have partially distended urinary bladder and semi distended gall bladder what does it mean?

Probably normal: Partyially distended bladder at time of ultrasound just means you had some urine present, which is normal. Semidistded gall bladder means that it was 1/2 full of bile, which is also normal. ...Read more

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My ultrasound report says "gall bladder is distended show smooth walls, lumen is echo free, common bile duct is not dilated" What does this all mean? Should I be worried?

My ultrasound report says "gall bladder is distended show smooth walls, lumen is echo free, common bile duct is not dilated" What does this all mean? Should I be worried?

Gallbladder U/S: This sounds like a normal report. Echo free means no stones or polyps were seen. No bile duct dilation is normal. Gallbladder distention can be normal (it fills with bile then contracts to release the bile with meals). Of course, the report should be interpreted by the ordering physician, taking into account your symptoms that led to it being ordered in the first place. ...Read more

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Refer to ultra sound report. Gallbladder is well distended, walls appear normal, multiple samall calculi seen lumen pls advice?

Refer to ultra sound report. Gallbladder is well distended, walls appear normal, multiple samall calculi seen lumen pls advice?

Depends....: These are gallstones. About 20% of people have gallstones, but only 20% of people have problems (pain) with gallstones. If you have been having right upper abdominal pain and you have gallstones on the ultrasound it may be an indication to remove the gallbladder. You should see a General Surgeon to confirm. ...Read more

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What should I expect in a gallbladder ultrasound?

What should I expect in a gallbladder ultrasound?

Little: A gallbladder ultrasound is not very different from an ultrasound done during pregnancy. The gel that they use can be cold, but the test per se is not uncomfortable. When done for patients with acute inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis), pressing the ultrasound probe on the gb will be tender. ...Read more

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Unable to find gallbladder in ultrasound. Is that bad?

Unable to find gallbladder in ultrasound. Is that bad?

Repeat study: Make sure you haven't had it removed (sometimes folks forget)!
most commonly the gallbladder is contracted and repeating the exam (after 12 hours of fasting) is advised. A contracted gallbladder can occur in the setting of chronic cholecystitis. Sometimes the gallbladder is in a location that makes it hard for the technologist to find. Lastly, some people are born without them (very rare!). ...Read more

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Can you tell me about gallbladder ultrasound concerns!?

Can you tell me about gallbladder ultrasound concerns!?

Gallbladder: Gallbladder ultrasound is good for evaluating gallstones, cholecystitis, detecting gallbladder masses, abnormal gallbladder distension, gallbladder sludge, and various other gallbladder related entities. ...Read more

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Is it possible to see my baby if I'm getting a gallbladder ultrasound?

Not usually: The uterus is often lower than the gallbladder and a fetal examination is focused there. ...Read more

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All my symptoms point to gallbladder problems, but ultrasound shows my gallbladder is fine.?

Biliary dyskinesia?: This is a functional problem with the gallbladder and can occur without stones. Ask your doctor if it is appropriate to do a CCK-HIDA scan (nuclear medicine), and pay particular attention as to whether or not the injection of the CCK reproduces your pain. Treatment is gallbladder removal or observation if not severe. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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It could be possible that a gallbladder still show up normal in an ultrasound when symptoms are present?

Yes, under two: Conditions: acalculous cholecystitis and biliary dyskinesia. And although ultrasound is a very accurate test for stones, it is close but not 100%. In a very small percentage of patients, gallstones are present on surgically removed gallbladders even when the ultrasound was negative. Biliary dyskinesia is a condition where gb does not empty properly and causes pain. Ask your GI specialist. ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
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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


Dr. John Landi
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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