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Doctor insights on: Gallbladder Ejection Rate

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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


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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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