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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Gallbladder (Overview)

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 meals or fatty foods.


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Don't I need my gallbladder?

Don't I need my gallbladder?

No.: Since the gallbladder's function is mainly one of storage, it is not a necessary organ. Your life will go on normally without your gallbladder. ...Read more

Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Gallbladder (Overview)

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 meals or fatty foods.


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How heavy is the gallbladder?

See below: A normal gallbladder is about 3 to 4 inches long and about 1.5 to 2 inches wide. Normal capacity is up to 100 cc of bile so it is very light in weight. ...Read more

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Where does the gallbladder hurt?

Where does the gallbladder hurt?

Typically people: Feel pain in the right upper quadrant area of the stomach which can radiate to the back or flank and sometimes also in the mid-upper stomach or epigastric area. That is the classic distribution, sometimes people can feel a band-like pain across the upper abdomen. See a surgeon to be fully evaluated, which might include an ultrasound. Good luck! ...Read more

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What side is the gallbladder on?

What side is the gallbladder on?

Right: The gallbladder lies underneath the liver and is usually on the right side. Since the liver can have anomalies to it, the gb can lie more in the midline in some patients, making symptoms of gb disease overlap with symptoms of heartburn. ...Read more

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What causes gallbladder attacks?

What causes gallbladder attacks?

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 more

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Is a gallbladder ok only at 53%?

Ans: Depend what symptoms you are experiencing. If you feel great then be sure to eT correct avoid fatty greasy foods etc. If you have discomfort go see your doctor ...Read more

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What is a restricted gallbladder?

Constricted?: There is no term "restricted" that I have heard of in 30 years, but there is "constricted", which means the gallbladder is very small, due to increased muscle activity in the wall of the gallbladder. Could be a normal finding, depends on whether you have had a fatty meal before the ultrasound that detected it. If you have symptoms with pain in the abdomen, additional testing is needed. ...Read more

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Can you live without gallbladder?

Can you live without gallbladder?

Yes.: While the gallbladder does have some physiologic function, it is not a critical organ. Most people don't notice much difference after it is removed. The body tends to compensate well after it is removed. Of the small percentage of people that do notice any change, the consequence is usually some diarrhea with certain fatty food intake. ...Read more

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What is a constricted gallbladder?

What is a constricted gallbladder?

Contracted?: Contracted gallbladders are small on imaging (ultrasound or ct). Can be normal if the gallbladder recently emptied. It can be seen usually in older patients who have diseased gallbladders that have just scarred down over time. If the gallbladder does not empty with stimulation during a hida scan, the term biliary dyskinesia is used. Good luck. ...Read more

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Where is your gallbladder located?

Where is your gallbladder located?

In almost all: Cases, the gallbladder is attached to the underside of the liver, in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen. The pain from gallbladder disease, however, is initially usually located in the middle of abdomen. ...Read more

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How to cure contracted gallbladder?

How to cure contracted gallbladder?

Normal: A contracted gallbladder without gallstones is a normal finding after eating ; needs no treatment or "cure." if you also have gallstones then ask your doctor for a referral to a surgeon for possible gallbladder surgery. ...Read more

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What is a collapsed gallbladder mean?

What is a collapsed gallbladder mean?

Can be: A common normal finding that could indicate eating too soon before the ultrasound, if there are no gallstones present. With gallstones this could indicate empty non-functional gallbladder from chronic cholecystitis. ...Read more

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How to become fat without gallbladder?

How to become fat without gallbladder?

Eat: Eating too many calories and not exercising is a great way to get fat. The gallbladder does not keep people thin. ...Read more

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How is a gallbladder sludge diagnosed?

How is a gallbladder sludge diagnosed?

Ultrasound: Pain after eating a fatty mean may be a sign of a gallbladder that isn't working. So a history and physical exam is the most important thing. Next your doctor may order an ultrasound. They may see gall stones or sludge. That is small stones that may block the duct. The gall bladder is a storage vessel. They may also order a hida scan to assess function. ...Read more

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Can gallbladder problems cause low c3c?

Gallbladder and C3: Gallbladder problems have not been described as a source of a low c-3 level. ...Read more

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What can cause a gallbladder to go bad?

What can cause a gallbladder to go bad?

No one really knows: The majority of patients that develop complications related to gallbladder disease have assoc gallstones. No one knows why some people develop stones while others don't, although there are factors that increase the risk:family hx, female (esp, if fertile, forty, fair, fat), blood diseases (sickle cell, spherocytosis, hemolytic anemia), gastric bypass/weight change. A greasy diet can stim an attack. ...Read more

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Does spiceyness alter your gallbladder?

Does spiceyness alter your gallbladder?

No: Gallbladder contract due to fats in duodenum. Spicy food could cause inflammation in stomach or duodenum but not much to do w gallbladder. ...Read more

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Best foods to eat without a gallbladder?

Best foods to eat without a gallbladder?

Start: With low fat healthy foods. Avoid large meals at first. After you are healed you should be able to eat all foods normally. Healthy food habits are always the best (more fruits & vegetables, less meat & fats). ...Read more

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What does 35% gallbladder function mean?

What does 35% gallbladder function mean?

Marginal function: Your gallbladder is functioning at the threshhold of abnormality. 35% or less is considered abnormal, and if you're symptomatic, I would recommend the gallbladder be removed. About 10% of my cholecystectomy patients don't have any stones at all, just malfunction. So, if you have trouble with fatty foods, bloating, nausea, RUQ pain, etc - speak with a surgeon. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is the gallbladder necessary for my live?

No: The gall bladder is a muscular sac that stores digestive enzymes (bile). Many individuals under go a procedure known as a cholecystectomy, which is a removal of the gall bladder due to gall bladder disease and live normal lives. ...Read more

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What could cause a gallbladder to go bad?

Stones: Gallstone can cause sever inflamations and obstruction of the bile flow from the gallbladder into the duct. Due to high lipid level. ...Read more

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How common is a large gallbladder sludge?

How common is a large gallbladder sludge?

Variable: Gallbladder "sludge" is believed to be small stones (form of cholelithiasis). In the usa it is estimated, approximately 1-2% develop stones each year and approximately 1-2% become symptomatic. Gallbladder dysfunction, biliary dyskinesia (acalculous cholecystopathy) frequency is unknown. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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