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Doctor insights on: Gallbladder Ejection Rate

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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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Gallbladder ejection fraction rate 14%, what does this mean?

Gallbladder ejection fraction rate 14%, what does this mean?

Reduced gb ejection: Gallbladder ef determined as percentage emptying of gall bladder on hida nuclear medicine study with administration of cck ( cholecystokinin, hormone). In adults usually greater than 35% is normal. Low gbef can be related to gall bladder disease or dyskinesia. Usually compared to findings on ultrasound such as gall stones or wall thickening.Gbef affected by degree of fasting and pain medications. ...Read more

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How low does your gallbladder ejection fraction rate need to be before surgery can be done?

How low does your gallbladder ejection fraction rate need to be before surgery can be done?

Less than 35%: By convention most adult nuclear labs use above 35% as normal values. However these values are usually in conjunction with symptoms, biliary colic, that are consistent. There are individuals who can have normal gbef that have disease. These patients have biliary dyskinesia, a motility disorder, of gb. Some believe in hyperkinetic gb ejection fraction over 75% associated with symptoms. ...Read more

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Does having a low ejection rate on gallbladder require removal?

Does having a low ejection rate on gallbladder require removal?

Maybe: Biliary dyskinesia is a condition where the gallbladder can't empty properly and causes pain. A low ejection fraction (less than about 25%) is usually seen with this condition. ...Read more

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I have mild pain and several small stones in my gall bladder, with a hida scan ejection rate of 71%. Do i still need to have my gallbladder removed?

I have mild pain and several small stones in my gall bladder, with a hida scan ejection rate of 71%. Do i still need to have my gallbladder removed?

Probably: High ejection fraction can cause gb symptoms not dissimilar to when the ejection fraction is low. If you symptoms are associated with eating or eating certain types of food, i think that having your gb removed will help. ...Read more

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Is 42% low ejection rate for gall bladder?

Not really: The 'low' cut off varies at each testing place, but, usually a low fraction is below 25-30%. Some places it's as low as 15%. ...Read more

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Hida scan says gall bladder ejection rate 0%. Will my gall bladder burst if i don't get surgery right away?

No: First, I do not know if you have gallstones by ultrasound or not. Hida scan apparently shows the gallbladder fills, but does not empty, so the gallbladder is not obstructed. This indicates there is no urgent problem with your gallbladder. Optional & elective to have surgery, and only if you are having appropriate symptoms related to the gallbladder. ...Read more

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Will they automatically take gallbladder out if ejection fx is 7 percent ?

No: In the absence of symptoms, a low ef of the gall bladder is not very helpful -- but given that you know your ef, i suspect your doctor is concerned about your gall bladder, and i suspect someone will discuss removing it with you. ...Read more

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What is a normal ejection fraction for gallbladder?

What is a normal ejection fraction for gallbladder?

HIDA scan EF>35%: Most radiologists state a normal gallbladder ejection fraction (ef) on a hida scan as 35% or above. A low ejection fraction can be due to gallbladder dyskinesia, chronic cholecystitis (infection), and rarely cancer. A good answer for 'hida scan results' =http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/hida-scan/my00320/dsection & from the an original journal article =radiology.Rsna.Org/content/226/2/593.1.Full. ...Read more

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Gallbladder ejection 7% on hida. Pain has to home out right?

Most likely: If the hida scan is accurate and the results were 7%. You do have a dysfunctional gallbladder. If you are having symptoms like pain in your right upper abdomen, nausea, vomiting, possibly diarrhea, your surgeon will probably recommend a cholecystectomy. ...Read more

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What is the range of the ejection fraction of the gallbladder?

What is the range of the ejection fraction of the gallbladder?

Al least 50%: It should be at least 50%. More important, however, is if the injection of cck at the time of the study replicates your pain. If so, cholecystectomy may be in order. ...Read more

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Will the ejection fraction be low because of a sludge gallbladder?

Will the ejection fraction be low because of a sludge gallbladder?

No-2 Diff. Diseases: "sludge" is a common finding in the gb during pregnancy, rapid wt loss, or fasting; it usually has no clinical consequence, although some people clearly progress to gallstone formation. "biliary dyskinesia" is a condition where the gallbladder does not empty well, leading to pain that simulates a gb attack; this is diagnosed by a cck-hida scan. Most people w/biliary dyskinesia do not have sludge. ...Read more

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Do I have to fast when having a hipa scan with gallbladder ejection fraction?

Do I have to fast when having a hipa scan with gallbladder ejection fraction?

Yes: Before having a 99mtc-hida scan to evaluate gallbladder ejection fraction ( function) or patency of intra or extra biliary tree, it is always recommanded to fast at least4-6 hours, in order to better evaluate the gallbladder contraction. ...Read more

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Please explain what it means when your gallbladder ejection fraction is at 22%?

Please explain what it means when your gallbladder ejection fraction is at 22%?

Usually gb disease: Decreased ejection fraction is less than 35%. May mean chronic gall bladder disease or biliary dyskinesia. If symptoms of biliary colic (gall bladder disease) may receive relief with gall bladder removal. Work up of gall bladder disease usually includes ultrasound study looking for gall stones. ...Read more

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What does ejection fraction means? I'm having a hida scan tomorrow because i'v been diagnosed w/a gallbladder sludge

Ejection fraction is: A measure of how effectively the gallbladder releases bile when it contracts. During a hida scan, the gallbladder accumulates the radioactive substance. Another medication is then given (cck) which stimulates the gallbladder to contract. A special camera measures how well the gallbladder empties. This is reported as a percentage. If abnormal, this may be a source of pain without gallstones. ...Read more

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My temp is 99.8 and it flucuates all day. By evening it is fine. My gallbladder is 9% ejection fraction. No stones. Could this be from gallbladder?

Yes, it can: But other causes are more likely. Usually, gallbladder problems cause fever when it progresses to acute cholecystitis. Depending on how long you have had the fluctuating low grade fever, ask your doctor if he can find other causes of it, such as infection, inflammation, or even malignancy. ...Read more

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During a hida scan, what is a normal gallbladder ejection fraction?

>35 %: A normal gallbladder ejection fraction is usually over 35%. Anything less than this would be considered dysfunction of the gallbladder or biliary dyskinesia. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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