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Can hypothyroidism cause problems during gallbladder removal?

Can hypothyroidism cause problems during gallbladder removal?

No: Unless there is a severe illness such as myxedema from neglected and untreated hypothyroid condition. ...Read more

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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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I had my gallbladder removed a week ago. I have had alot of gas since surgery and is now a sour stomach. Is this normal? I do have hypothyroidism

I had my gallbladder removed a week ago. I have had alot of gas since surgery and is now a sour stomach. Is this normal? I do have hypothyroidism

Normal : Even outpatient surgery can put a lot of stress on the body. This sounds "normal", as everyone has slightly different responses to abdominal surgery with organ removal. You'll be fine, but if you think something is wrong, you can always call your surgeon. Be sure to keep your follow up appt. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What's a dysfunctional gallbladder? I have a gallbladder sludge

What's a dysfunctional gallbladder? I have a gallbladder sludge

Good question...: A dysfunctional gallbladder is also known as biliary dyskinesia in medical jargon and is a poorly understood gallbladder disorder responsible for abdominal pain that mimics gallstones. The diagnosis is made with a nuclear medicine test called hida scan with cck challenge. Positive test is defined as a abnormally low gallbladder ejection fraction with or without reproduction of symptoms. ...Read more

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What can I do for gallbladder biliary sludge pain?

What can I do for gallbladder biliary sludge pain?

Surgery: If your doctors believe you're having symptoms such as pain from gallbladder sludge or stones, surgery is typically recommended. You should discuss this with your physician(s). ...Read more

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What does a gallbladder sludge and cyst in the liver mean?

What does a gallbladder sludge and cyst in the liver mean?

Benign findings : Gallbladder sludge can be seen with rapid weight loss, prolonged fasting, really sick patients with low/absent oral intake or use of tpn.Certain drugs (i.e. Ceftriaxone) can also cause it.The clinical course of sludge varies - often going away if the causative agent is eliminated. Asymptomatic patients require no therapy. If symptomatic or complications arise cholecystectomy may be indicated. ...Read more

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When before gallbladder sludge forms into gallstones or will it ever?

When before gallbladder sludge forms into gallstones or will it ever?

Unknown: Gallbladder sludge can be related to not eating & dehydration & then resolve on its own. If the sludge is due to gallbladder dysfunction then it is unknown if gallstones may form over future years or not. ...Read more

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I have gallbladder sludge, but am wondering what causes stool to be black?

I have gallbladder sludge, but am wondering what causes stool to be black?

GI Bleeding: Upper GI (gastrointestinal) bleeding can cause black stool (melena). This can occur with or without abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting. Common causes of upper GI bleeding include peptic ulcers. Ingestion of dark pigmented veges (e.g. Collards), iron supplements and bismuth containing digestive aids e.g. Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) also can cause the stool to become black. Contact your doctor asap. ...Read more

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What's the treatment for pancreatis? Do a gallbladder sludge cause pancreatis?

What's the treatment for pancreatis? Do a gallbladder sludge cause pancreatis?

Pancreatitis: The treatment will be determined by the cause of the pancreatitis. If only sludge is found and there are on other potential causes then a cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder) would be the best definitive treatment. ...Read more

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What's a gallbladder sludge and how is it treated? I've been diagnosed with a large sludge, and cyst in my liver.

What's a gallbladder sludge and how is it treated? I've been diagnosed with a large sludge, and cyst in my liver.

Sand: I think of sludge at sand in the gallbladder. Not stones but a precursor to stones in the form of a sandy substance. If you have symptoms that could be related to the gallbladder, the gallbladder should be removed. Depending on the size, location, and symptoms, the cyst could also be treated surgically at the same time. ...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

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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Dr said I have gallbladder sludge, and inflamed gallbladder, is it possible to have that without gallstones? Pain happens once a week

Dr said I have gallbladder sludge, and inflamed gallbladder,  is it possible to have that without gallstones? Pain happens once a week

Sludge is a variant: form of stones. Instead of large globular stones, you have many small crystals, and yes, you can have that instead of or in addition to discreet "stones". It's sounding as though you will need to have a cholecystectomy. The sludge can obstruct the common bile duct and lead to pancreatitis. Discuss this with your doctor to see if surgery is recommended and when. If severe pain/vomiting seek ER care ...Read more

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I'm a otherwise health 22 y-old with gallbladder sludge that is inflamed, severe pain after fatty meals. Is diet the best way to treat it?

No, surgery might be: If your gallbladder is truly inflamed and symptomatic, it has to be removed surgically to effect symptom relief. Consult with a general surgeon. ...Read more

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I have gallbladder sludge and symptoms and diagnosed with cholecystsis. Cholecystomy friday. What to expect and what hospital stay will be like?

I have gallbladder sludge and symptoms and diagnosed with cholecystsis. Cholecystomy friday. What to expect and what hospital stay will be like?

Easy: You will come a few hrs earlier to fill out endless paperwork and change. Then usually an IV is started and the anesthesiologist will come speak with you (if he has not already). At that time a mild sedative may be given to you. You will be brought into the or and monitors will be attached. Then IV medication will be given to you and good night. The next thing you will remember is recovery rm. ...Read more

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I have a gallbladder sludge and tomorrow have to have a nuclear med test for gallbladder. Will sludge show up on test? Will results show normal ?

No.: "sludge" is seen on ultrasound. The test you are having, a hida scan, watches the gall bladder empty. It's not as accurate as ultrasound for seeing fine details like sludge, but it sees if you have pain during the test, and the "ejection fraction" is low, it is abnormal, and usually surgery is recommended. ...Read more

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They found sludge in my gallbladder and at times it hurts really bad but sometimes it doesn't. Hida was 40% but im 18 and a male. Should i worry?

Uncertain cause: There are many reasons a person can have pain in the abdomen; the gallbladder is just one of them. Sludge is rarely if ever a cause of pain, and a 40% ejection fraction on hida is pretty normal. I would look elsewhere for causes of pain before considering removing the gallbladder. ...Read more

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Why do gallbladder problems cause back pain? Is there any way to alleviate it? Was diagnosed with moderate sludge, and I have pain after most meals.

Referred pain: is the way that your body perceives pain from internal organs. Gallbladder irritation can be felt as back pain by your body. The pancreas also classically causes pain that radiates to the back. In general, you can decrease GB symptoms by avoiding fatty foods. Surgery is another option, esp if you are having consistent pain despite diet modification. ...Read more

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If you have a poor functioning gallbladder, but no stones or gall sludge, is it possible in time for it to heal(become functional)with healthy living?

Biliary dyskinesia: This is the term often given for patients with recurrent right upper quadrant pain with no stones/sludge and low ejection(emptying) fraction of the gallbladder on HIDA scanning. Unfortunately besides cholecystectomy(removal of the gallbladder), there is no reliable alternative treatment. Even with cholecystectomy many patient still have symptoms! I do wish you luck. ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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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