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Gallbladder polyps, what should I do for treatment?

Gallbladder polyps, what should I do for treatment?

How big it is: Treatment is based, it has higher incidence of malignancy if it is 2 cm or more, smaller polyps could be observed with out surgery, , if size is increasing then gall bladder removal is indicated. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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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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What are alternative treatment for gallbladder polyp?

What are alternative treatment for gallbladder polyp?

None: If the polyp is 1 cm or larger, the gall bladder should be removed. If it
is smaller than 1 cm and you do not have symptoms suggestive of gb disease, then it can be followed with us studies. If you have typical symptoms of biliary colic, then removal of the gb is the only effective treatment. ...Read more

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I'm 23 yrs. My USP report detected 5 mm immobile echogenic focus noted along the wall of Gall bladder (Gall bladder polyp).Suggest treatment or tablet?

I'm 23 yrs. My USP report detected 5 mm immobile echogenic focus noted along the wall of Gall bladder (Gall bladder polyp).Suggest treatment or tablet?

Recommendation: Tablets can not help to remove polyp in gold bladder. You have to discuss treatment plan with your Doctor, who know know your clinical presentation/ complains and so on. ...Read more

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My wife 43 yr old has 7mm gallbladder polyp on us done for left sided abdominal pain relieved by eating, what treatment or f/u is needed.

My wife 43 yr old has 7mm gallbladder polyp on us done for left sided abdominal pain relieved by eating, what treatment or f/u is needed.

Surgery: She may be having biliary colic which is a common complaint. We worry about gallbaldder polyps since as they get to be over 1 cm they sometimes contain cancer. She should consult with a GI specialist. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is a polyp in the gallbladder the same as one in the colon?

Location: Concepts are same, polyps (adenomas) if left alone with increase of size of 2 cm or more most likely transform to adeno-carcinomas. (cancers) Same in gall bladder, if size is increasing during observation, removal of gall bladder is a better option. ...Read more

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So if gallbladder polyp went down frim 6.5 mm to 4mm is that lean away from cancer?

So if gallbladder polyp went down frim 6.5 mm to 4mm is that lean away from cancer?

LOW RISK: The vast majority of gb polyps are indeed benign. Any polyp less than 10mm is considered inconsequential. Ultrasound annual monitoring of gb polyps is reasonable, at least to establish if they are stable and not enlarging. It would be reasonable to assume that a small and stable, or shrinking, polyp would be benign. ...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. ...Read more

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Wife was diagnosed with polyps in gallbladder. She had extreme pain. Should she be worried I read polyps can become cancerous. Remove gallbladder?

Wife was diagnosed with polyps in gallbladder. She had extreme pain. Should she be worried I read polyps can become cancerous. Remove gallbladder?

Maybe: The most common cause of polyps is what we refer to as cholesterolosis, but it is true that gallbladder polyps can lead to cancer although very rarely. The recommendation of whether to have surgery depends on the ultrasound findings. However, since she is having pain that symptom alone may justify surgery and would take care of the gallbladder polyps at the same time. ...Read more

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Few gallbladder polyps had for 6 yrs one has grown 3 mm from then now 6 mm top surgeon says just watch any change then remove is this ok no big growth?

Few gallbladder polyps had for 6 yrs one has grown 3 mm from then now 6 mm top surgeon says just watch any change then remove is this ok no big growth?

Gallbladder Polyp: Most small polyps (less than 1 cm) are not malignant, however, when small polyps occur with other conditions (primary sclerosing cholangitis, etc) the risk may be increased. Larger polyps are more likely to develop adenocarcinoma (>1cm). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Should a small gallbladder polyp cause constant pain?

No: Gall bladder polyps should not cause any discomfort unless the are big enough to block the outlet to the gall bladder ...Read more

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Hi docs, how serious is it to have a gallbladder polyp?

Depends on size: Gallbladder polyps are growths that protrude from the lining of the inside of the gallbladder. Polyps can be cancerous, but they rarely are. About 95% of gallbladder polyps are benign. The size of a gallbladder polyp can help predict whether it's cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign). Small gallbladder polyps that are less than 10 millimeters in diameter are unlikely to be cancerous ...Read more

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Can gallbladder polyps cause same discomfort as stones?

Can: Polyps are common. Can cause similar symptoms as stones. Polyps should be monitored by sono. If they enlarge or are >1 cm, gb should be removed-risk for malignancy/cancer. ...Read more

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Do benign gallbladder polyps grow or just cancerous ones?

Do benign gallbladder polyps grow or just cancerous ones?

Yes, both.: Gallbladder "polyps" may be true polypoid lesions or cholesterolosis, related to fats in the gallbladder wall. Both lesions can "grow". If significant polypoid disease is found on ultrasound, most surgeons recommend cholecystectomy, as there is a small, but real, chance of true polyps becoming adenocarcinoma over time. ...Read more

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Is is normal for a gallbladder polyp to cause a lot of pain?

Is is normal for a gallbladder polyp to cause a lot of pain?

No.: Gb polyps are usually incidental findings on ultrasound that require no treatment unless they are >1cm. However, a gallstone adherent to the wall of the gb can resemble a polyp; therefore, you may have gallstones. I advise you to see a general surgeon: if your symptoms are classic for gallbladder disease, further testing or surgery may be indicated. ...Read more

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Should I have my gallbladder removed due to having polyps inside of it?

Discuss with surgeon: Gallbladder polyps may be true polyps or may be stones forming in the wall of your gallbladder. Are you having symptoms? Have you seen a surgeon? I recommend you see a surgeon to discuss this matter further. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a 2mm polyp (cyst) on my gallbladder, what can I do for the pain?

Gallbladder polyps: GB polyps less than 5 mm are almost always benign and caused by cholesterolosis. A followup ultrasound is advised after a year to ensure not growing. Polyps 6-10 mm. Need more close followup, 3 and 6 months, then yearly. Polyps 10 mm and larger may be cancerous, 20 mm and up almost always malignant. Yours is tiny, no worry, do US in a year. If you have pain, you should see your provider. ...Read more

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How concerned should I be with a 3mm polyp on my gallbladder only the one and no stones?

How concerned should I be with a 3mm polyp on my gallbladder only the one and no stones?

Nothing to worry: 3mm polyp on the Gall Bladder is nothing to worry about. It is benign and need no treatment. Plyps larger than1 cm with co occurring gall stones in people over 50 may need Gall Bladder to be removed. Also if there are several polyps or appear malignant then need to have GallBladder removed too. Follow up with your Doctor, why the test was ordered and the symptoms. ...Read more

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Hi. I have pain in my right side of my back...right in the middle. I had gallbladder removed with polyps.

Hi. I have pain in my right side of my back...right in the middle. I had gallbladder removed with polyps.

? retained stone: There are a number of tests, ultrasound, mrcp that you could have to rule out a retained or new primary gallstone in your bile ducts. If these are clear an ERCP may help. Ulcers, gastritis, constipation can also cause this type of pain. Pulled muscles, neuromas can cause pain. See your surgeon to evaluate ...Read more

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I have a polyp in my gallbladder...Would it be better to have the gallbladder removed instead of waiting to see what the polyp will do?

I have a polyp in my gallbladder...Would it be better to have the gallbladder removed instead of waiting to see what the polyp will do?

Depends on symptoms: Gallbladder polyp can be observed with a repeat ultrasound in 3 to 6 months safely. Without stones, infection, or symptoms of biliary colic this is a fine option. Your doctor will help you decide if a surgery consult will be helpful. ...Read more

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Can a gallbladder polyp cause pelvic pain on the right?

Can a gallbladder polyp cause pelvic pain on the right?

Unlikely...: Gallbladder polyps are often found incidently on imaging studies, and as such are typically painless. Seldom does the gallbladder cause pain in the right pelvis. Gallbladder symptoms more typically locate to the right upper quadrant and epigastrium with radiation to the right scapula. See your doctor about your symptoms please. ...Read more

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. John Landi
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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