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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.

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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).

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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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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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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

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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

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. Michael Kleerekoper
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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