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I have had a low functioning (21%) gallbladder and now have developed 2 polyps 3 and 6 cm. Do you usually recommend removal for something like this?

I have had a low functioning (21%) gallbladder and now have developed 2 polyps 3 and 6 cm. Do you usually recommend removal for something like this?

ONLY: If you are having symptoms ("attacks") or STONES develop which could block your bile delivery system! Hope this helps! My opinion only!!!! Dr Z

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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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Dr cattano you answered regarding my gallbladder polyps so now do I demand removal as I am petrified this is cancer?

Dr cattano you answered regarding my gallbladder polyps so now do I demand removal as I am petrified this is cancer?

Observe or surgery: Gall bladder polys have high incidence of developing malignancy if they are 2cm or more, very small polyps could be observed, you don't have to demand speak to your doctor which group you belong to, but most of the time lap cholycystecomy. Is prefored choice.

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Have same gallbladder polyps for 6 years in those years one grew from 4 mm to 6.5 and I am opting for removal how likely would this be gallbladder cancer I am 46?

Have same gallbladder polyps for 6 years in those years one grew from 4 mm to 6.5 and I am opting for removal how likely would this be gallbladder cancer I am 46?

Low probability: Gallbladder polyps are typically stones that are forming in the wall of the gallbladder. Gallbladder cancer is very rare. I would recommend not worrying too much about the possibility of gallbladder cancer. You say you are scheduled to have your gallbladder removed. They will test the gallbladder after it is removed. The pathologist will give you a report.

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63 year old female with 1.44 cm single gallbladder polyp found on ultrasound. No symptom Should I have gallbladder removal? I have Rheumatoid Arth

63 year old female with 1.44 cm single gallbladder polyp found on ultrasound. No symptom Should I have gallbladder removal? I have Rheumatoid Arth

No: Gallbladder polyps are benign and not dangerous. They don't cause pain or blockage. There is no reason to remove the polyp or the entire gallbladder due to this. If you have right upper abdominal pain or discomfort, it is caused by something else and you should see your primary care doctor for evaluation.

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Referred to surgeon because of a polyp that has grown into my appendix. Is appendix removal similar to gallbladder removal?

Referred to surgeon because of a polyp that has grown into my appendix. Is appendix removal similar to gallbladder removal?

Yes: Usually both are done laprascopically (small incisions). Only difference will likely be the soreness from appendectomy will be less as the procedure is in the lower right part of your abdomen, not right under rib cage.

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Can removal of your gallbladder increase your risk for colon polyps or colon cancer because of bile salt being directly dumped into your large bowels.

Can removal of your gallbladder increase your risk for colon polyps or colon cancer because of bile salt being directly dumped into your large bowels.

No: Past medical studies did not link gallbladder surgery to colon cancer. Most all of the bile is reabsorbed by the small intestine & returned to the liver, with or without the gallbladder. Excess bile getting to the colon will cause diarrhea.

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Tiny polyp on gallbladder. Wats this mean?

Tiny polyp on gallbladder. Wats this mean?

observation needed: Small % of polyps will develop cancers, especially the large ones, small ones could be observed, if they are large ones (2 cm) should be removed by cholecystectmy

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Can a gallbladder polyp turn into something?

Can a gallbladder polyp turn into something?

Yes: There is an association with gallbladder polyps and gallbladder cancer which is very dangerous if left untreated.

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23 years old with gallbladder polyp 7mm, should I be worried?

23 years old with gallbladder polyp 7mm, should I be worried?

Do not worry: I would repeat sonogram in 6 months in the same facility so they can compare the studies. Is polyp is increasing in size or is more then1cm - recommend gallbladder removal. In my experience most of them turn out to be a soft gb stone. If you having symptoms of typical for gallbladder stones ie. Right upper abdominal pain, pain radiating to right back or shoulder then etc. Then remove it sooner.

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What are some common reasons I might have developed gallbladder polyps?

What are some common reasons I might have developed gallbladder polyps?

See below.: Gb polyps affect 5% of the adult population. Exact cause is not known but related to age and presence of gallstones which in turn is related to obesity as well.

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How are multiple gallbladder polyps and solitary gallbladder polyps different?

How are multiple gallbladder polyps and solitary gallbladder polyps different?

Taken literally: Only the number. But both conditions, regardless of number of polyps, is abnormal. Gallbladder polyps, unlike others in the GI tract, are formed by cholesterol crystals. So if you have symptoms with either finding, your gallbladder is the likely source of it. Ask the doctor who ordered the test to see if you are a surgical candidate.

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I have a 4mm gallbladder polyp and the pain is bad and had been two weeks what should I do?

I have a 4mm gallbladder polyp and the pain is bad and had been two weeks what should I do?

Surgery.: If it is felt that the pain comes from gallbladder you do not have many options but to have gallbladder removed.

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Asking again have gallbladder polyp u/s every year no changes since found 2009 tomorrow is yearly how likely changes?

Gallbladder polyp: Depends on symptoms and size of polyps. If no symptoms and polyps are less than 10mm in size, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy recommends annual ultrasounds. If polyps increase in size surgical removal of gallbladder is recommended. In one large study about 3.5% of polyps increased in size within a year. Yours seem stable. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!

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I have polyps in my gallbladder the largest being 6mm without change over the past couple of years, there are several others, do I need it out?

Stable polyps: In general, gallbladder polyps less than 1 cm that are stable in size over many years are of no concern and are left alone in the absence of symptoms.

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I have had gallbladder polyps for 6 years skipped u/s last year last one two years ago 1 polyp wenr from 4 mm to 6 in 2 years on u/s now is that bad?

No: Generally gallbladder polyps are observed unless they are larger than 1 cm (10 mm). On ultrasound measurements, changes of only 2 mm in 2 years can even be the difference from one observing radiologist to the next as to how they measure things.

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I have a polyp sized 5mm and another two sized 3mm in my gallbladder, so what shall I do and eat so that its size doesnot increases & doesnot affect?

Biliary diseases: Gallbladder polyps can remain without symptoms, are often benign, but cause concern. A low fat, controlled carbohydrate diet will benefit by minimizing stimulation of the gallbladder. Occasionally symptoms of pain, nausea and bloating persist to the point your doc refers you to a surgeon. Be well.

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Is surgery necessary for gallbladder polyps?

Is surgery necessary for gallbladder polyps?

Size matters: Larger polyps over 1 cm in size should be considered for surgery. Also depends if there any abdominal symptoms, realizing that surgery only for tiny poylps may not result in much symptom relief either.

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Is surgery needed for gallbladder polyps?

Is surgery needed for gallbladder polyps?

Depends on size: Depends on the size of the polyps on ultrasound. Discuss with your doctor.

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Polyp (Definition)

A polyp may occur anyplace on the body, but is most commonly seen in the colon when a colonscopy exam is done. It is a bump or protrusion from the lining of the GI tract and colon, which can can be benign or turn ...Read more


Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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