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Can a pancreatic mass cause inflammation in the gallbladder without affecting the liver until a later stage?

Can a pancreatic mass cause inflammation in the gallbladder without affecting the liver until a later stage?

Not likely.: Pancreatic mass can cause jaundice along with elevated liver function tests when it obstructs the common duct. Inflammation in the gallbladder is usually caused by gallstones. Acalculous cholecystitis can occur, but it is rare. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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Do you also need to transplant the gallbladder when you transplant a pancreas?

Do you also need to transplant the gallbladder when you transplant a pancreas?

No: Organs are not really related. The ducts of each are close to each other, but no reason to transplant the gall bladder. ...Read more

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Why do I still have acute pain after having an islet cell transplant? And the removal of my pancreas and gallbladder. Also a gastric bypass.

Why do I still have acute pain after having an islet cell transplant?  And the removal of my pancreas and gallbladder.  Also a gastric bypass.

Talk to surgeon: Your problem seems complex. I would expect there to be some post operative pain. Your surgeon should be able to help with acute pain issues post op. ...Read more

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Understand the opinion of ultrasound of a 67 years old male :theere is no hepato and mild spleno megaly .gallbladder,pancrease (pancrelipase) and kidneys are normal.

Understand the opinion of ultrasound of a 67 years old male :theere is no hepato and mild spleno megaly .gallbladder,pancrease (pancrelipase) and kidneys are normal.

Mostly normal: The "mild splenomegaly" means a mildly enlarged spleen, which could just be normal for you. There are a huge number of reasons the spleen can be mildly enlarged and without other symptoms I wouldn't worry about it. The rest of the US sounds normal based on what you have typed. ...Read more

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Would a CT with contrast diagnose a gallbladder or pancrease (pancrelipase) issue? Or are ultrasounds possibly an endoscopy better at finding problems?

Would a CT with contrast diagnose a gallbladder or pancrease (pancrelipase) issue? Or are ultrasounds possibly an endoscopy better at finding problems?

US for GB, CT panc: CT is much better for pancreas evaluation because overlying bowel gas limits US visualization in most patients. Because 90% of gallstones are made of cholesterol, they don't show up on CT. Ultrasound is moderately better at detecting acute cholecystitis. CT is much better for pancreatitis or pancreatis. Routine fiber optic endoscopy has no role. Endoscopic US is not a screening exam. ...Read more

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MRI of gall bladder showed something between gb and pancrease (pancrelipase). Said it might just be a lymph node but repeat mri in 3 months. % chance of cancer?

MRI of gall bladder showed something between gb and pancrease (pancrelipase).  Said it might just be a lymph node but repeat mri in 3 months. % chance of cancer?

Should repeat exam: There can be lymph nodes near gall bladder. Lymph nodes can be reactive to infection, inflammation, trauma, neoplasm etc. Observation for short interval will determine whether grows, is stable, or regresses. it sounds like the radiologist was not very concerned. If worrIed I might repeat examination in 6 weeks rather than 3 months. ...Read more

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How do i know the difference between gallbladder pain and pancreas pain?

How do i know the difference between gallbladder pain and pancreas pain?

Gallstones may cause: ...both organs to inflame, but gallbladder pain is slowly crescendo, centered in RUQ, with radiation to right shoulder blade and around the right side to back WHEREAS pancreas pain is more mid-center of the abdomen, constant, and projects pain straight thru to the back. Of course, there's exceptions to every case. Lab tests are very helpful in pointing to which of these two structures is/are sick. ...Read more

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What is difference between pancreas and gallbladder?

What is difference between pancreas and gallbladder?

Different organs: Pancreas is an organ behind the stomach & has 2 main functions - releases enzymes into the small intestine for digestion & releases Insulin into the blood stream for blood sugar management. Gallbladder is under the liver, connected to the bile duct & squeezes extra bile into the small intestine for digestion. Can easily live without a gallbladder, not so with the very important pancreas. ...Read more

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I have a 1inch pseudocyst in the body of my pancreas.My dr. Believes its caused by my gallbladder & wants to remove it, i don't agree but should I do it?

I have a 1inch pseudocyst in the body of my pancreas.My dr. Believes its caused by my gallbladder & wants to remove it, i don't agree but should I do it?

Get another opinion: Pseudocysts can resolve without treatment, & may not need addressing if they are small & asymptomatic. If you have had pancreatitis due to gallstones (which is one way you get a pseudocyst), that is a serious issue & should be treated by removing the gall bladder. Once the gall bladder is full of stones & inflammation it doesn't work normally & can cause many serious problems. ...Read more

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Are digestive juices (fluid) made in pancreas same as the disgestive juice stored in the gallbladder?

Are digestive juices (fluid) made in pancreas same as the disgestive juice stored in the gallbladder?

No: The gallbladder stores bile, which is made in the lover. The pancreas makes a variety of other enzymes to help digest protein and fat. These are not stored in the gallbladder. Hoep this helps! ...Read more

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What could cause a person with inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis) also develop inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)?

What could cause a person with inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis) also develop inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)?

Passing a gallstone.: The same thing that causes cholecystitis can cause pancreatitis, gallstones. If the gallstone simply gets stuck at the exit site of the gallbladder, it will can get inflamed. However, if the gallstone passes out of the gallbladder and gets stuck in the connecting tube system, or ducts, then it can back up the pancreas and cause pancreatitis. The bile and pancreatic ducts join together at their end. ...Read more

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1inch "pseudocyst" in body of pancreas, not sure if i ever had pancreatitis, have had it for over a year, dr wants to remove gallbladder, should i?

1inch "pseudocyst" in body of pancreas, not sure if i ever had pancreatitis, have had it for over a year, dr wants to remove gallbladder, should i?

It Depends: The presence of a pseudocyst implies a prior episode of pancreatitis; there are many possible causes of pancreatitis, of which the 2 most common are gallstones & alcoholism. If you have a known history of gallstones, a strong argument can be made to remove the gb, especially if they cause pain. If this isn't consistent w/what you were told, a second opinion may be a good idea. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can high estrogen cause digestive problemse(liver/pancreas/gallbladder, etc)?

Can high estrogen cause digestive problemse(liver/pancreas/gallbladder, etc)?

Gallbladder disease?: Taking estrogen can increase a person's risk for gall bladder stones (nausea, pain after eating in right upper abdomen with radiation to the right shoulder, armpit, or scapula). This is seen in women on birth control pills, as well as transgender folks taking estrogen. An abdominal ultrasound exam is a good start towards looking for gallstones. Pancreatitis can occur as a result of gallstones. ...Read more

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What to do about decreased liver function due to inflammation of of pancreas and gallbladder?

What is the question: Not sure what the question is. Gallstones can cause pancreatitis. Can also cause temporary bile duct obstruction and liver inflammation. Liver usually recovers rapidly once the cause is identified and medical treatment of the problem is started. ...Read more

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What does word "stranding" mean in medical terminology pertaining to pancreas, gallbladder, esophagus, or any other disgestive organs?

What does word "stranding" mean in medical terminology pertaining to pancreas, gallbladder, esophagus, or any other disgestive organs?

In medical imaging: terminology it means that there are "strands" of density extending from the organs into the surrounding fat on CT or MRI. This is a sign of inflammation, swelling, or tumor infiltration. For example, "stranding" surrounding the pancreas might indicate pancreatitis. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have protein in the urine w/a gallbladder sludge? Does it mean something could be wrong w/pancreas if protein present in urine?

Is it normal to have protein in the urine w/a gallbladder sludge? Does it mean something could be wrong w/pancreas if protein present in urine?

Separate problem: Protein in the urine is a separate problem from gallbladder sludge/stones and can be serious. Kidney damage that can lead to kidney failure is associated with protein in the urine. Okay to talk to your doc about additional risks for kidney problems, (diabetes, hypertension, elevated phosphorous). Also okay to ask about surgery referral for cholecystectomy. ...Read more

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I have no gallbladder now for 15 yrs. Pain on andoffunder rt rib through to back around side. Will nuclear hida scan show pancreas stone or bkockage?

I have no gallbladder now for 15 yrs.  Pain on andoffunder rt rib through to back around side. Will nuclear hida scan show pancreas stone or bkockage?

Postchole-x Syndrome: Postcholecystectomy syndrome is the persistence or return of RUQ abd pain following gallbladder removal. This is due to non-biliary causes (irritable bowel, ulcer dz, gerd, etc), organic biliary dz (common duct stones/stricture/cancer), or functional biliary disease (sphincter of oddi dysfunction). I advise GI work up to include labs, ultrasound +/- ercp. These tests are far-better than a hida. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more


Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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