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Homeopathic treatment for gallbladder stones?

Homeopathic treatment for  gallbladder stones?

None: There is no effective homeopathic treatment for gallstones. In the past some prescribed medicines were used to dissolve stones, but they had many side effects and were not that effective. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy has replaced medical dissolution and shock wave treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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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Bile induced IBS after gallbladder removal?? True?? Best med for diarrhea cholestyramine after gb removal ?

Bile induced IBS after gallbladder removal?? True?? Best med for diarrhea cholestyramine after gb removal ?

Yes but will resolve: After gallbladder surgery, some people have ongoing abdominal symptoms, such as pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea (postcholecystectomy syndrome). Following cholecystectomy, bile which was once stored in the gallbladder and released only after meals, now flows continuously into the intestines and cause irritation. Cholestyramine absorbs bile, but these symptoms will often resolve over time. ...Read more

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Will a nuclear hida scan show pancreatic stones or bile duct stones?

Will a nuclear hida scan show pancreatic stones or bile duct stones?

No: Hida scan is a functional exam to reveal if the bile duct is blocked by a stone or tumor. If blockage is suspected by the results, an MRI of the bile ducts (mrcp) is frequently the next step to visualize the blockage. ...Read more

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Is gallbladder surgery good for bilary dyskinesia?

Is gallbladder surgery good for bilary dyskinesia?

Usually: Biliary dyskinesia is the second most common reason (behind gallstones) for removal of the gallbladder. If the diagnosis is correct ( low ejection fraction on a hida scan), most patients get relief of their right upper quadrant abdominal pain and nausea after surgery. ...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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Is gallbladder removal the preferred treatment for mild acalculous gb wall thickening?

Is gallbladder removal the preferred treatment for mild acalculous gb wall thickening?

Possibly: If there are no stones and the symptoms are manageable then surgery is not required. ...Read more

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How is a gallbladder sludge diagnosed?

Ultrasound: Pain after eating a fatty mean may be a sign of a gallbladder that isnt working. So a history and physical exam is the most important thing. Next your doctor may order an ultrasound. They may see gall stones or sludge. That is small stones that may block the duct. The gall bladder is a storage vessel. They may also order a hida scan to assess function. ...Read more

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Food for gall blader stone patient?

As for anyone: Many people have gallstones and most give little or no trouble. You'd get the idea from reading the internet that most diseases can be made to improve by selecting a magic diet. This is entertainment, not science. A person with gallstones may have a relatively poor tolerance for fatty meals. That's about it. Thanks for asking. ...Read more

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Is a gallbladder sludge considered a gallbladder disease?

Is a gallbladder sludge considered a gallbladder disease?

Yes if there's pain.: Pain after eating, anywhere in the upper abdomen, especially with fatty foods, may be cholecystitis. This is true if stones are present, called "cholelithiasis with cholecystitis." sometimes when the gall bladder ultrasound is "normal", i.e. There are no stones, the gall bladder doesn't empty properly (seen on cck hida). This can also be true with sludge. In all cases, surgery relieves the pain. ...Read more

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Does gallbladder sludge means gallbladder walls are thick?

Nope: The gallbladder is a small hollow organ that holds bile. This helps us digest fat. When you look at the gallbladder with an ultrasound the bile can appear like sludge which probably just describes the consistency of the bile. Thickening of the gallbladder wall can be seen on the ultrasound as well and usually is a result of inflammation. These are two different findings. ...Read more

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What are gall bladder or gall stone symptoms?

What are gall bladder or gall stone symptoms?

Pain w/meals, cramps: Gallbladder pain is usually describes as colicky (cramping) that comes in waves, stimulated by fatty meals, as such meals stimulate the gallbladder to contract, causing pain. It is on the right side under the ribs (and liver) but can radiate to other places.It is more common in women in their 40s, and being overweight increases risk. Often symptoms are recurrent over time.If bad, can have fever. ...Read more

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Can biliary hyperkinesia damage gallbladder, pancreas, liver, or biliary tree? My ultrasound was normal, but ejection fraction=91%.

Can biliary hyperkinesia damage gallbladder, pancreas, liver, or biliary tree?  My ultrasound was normal, but ejection fraction=91%.

Yes, biliary: Dyskinesia can cause damage, and it can also be a result of pathology in pancreas, liver or biliary tree. Byt 91% ejection is normal. Consult with a surgeon or GI specialist for specific recommendation. ...Read more

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Hida scan 53%/great deal pain nausea and gall bladder symptoms but tests normal? Gallbladder removal help?

Possibly: The symptoms you have are characteristic of problems with the biliary tree, but the area is more complex that just the gallbladder. However, the tests required to try to figure it out come with a certain amount of risk; often a higher risk profile than removing the gb first and eliminating this as a contributing factor. If the us was also normal, i would recommend an endoscopy before gb removal. ...Read more

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What are gall bladder surgery and gall bladder flush?

What are gall bladder surgery and gall bladder flush?

Lap chole: Gall bladder surgery is usually a very common proceedure called a laparoscopic cholecystectomy in which a surgeon places 3 - 4 tiny holes in your abdomen to remove the offending organ. It is outpatient, you go home the same day and usually return to work in 1 - 3 weeks. It has been done safely since the early 90's. I am not familiar with a gall bladder flush. ...Read more

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Why gallbladder pain after removal of gallbladder?

Why gallbladder pain after removal of gallbladder?

Depends: How long ago was the surgery? Off and on for a few weeks after surgery, upper abdominal gas and pressure discomforts can occur after larger meals or fatty foods. If the surgery was a long time ago then see your doctor for an evaluation, as there may be something else causing pain such as gastritis, stomach ulcer, pancreatitis, etc. ...Read more

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Can gallbladder sludge be removed laproscopically if the sludge is extremely large?

Can gallbladder sludge be removed laproscopically if the sludge is extremely large?

Yes...: Gallbladder sludge refers to a very thick viscous bile (e.g. Wet sand or mud consistency) that sits in the gallbladder. If it is responsible for your symptoms, then removal of the sludge along with the gallbladder is whats needed. This can almost always be done laparoscopically unless you have had multiple other abdominal surgeries in which case they might have to open you up. ...Read more

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11yo with hida scan gallbladder ef 0.0% normal initial biliary scan no detectable gallbladder ef reproduced pain with cck what s this mean my child?

11yo with hida scan gallbladder ef 0.0% normal initial biliary scan no  detectable gallbladder ef reproduced  pain with cck what s this mean my child?

Gall bladder disease: Cck is natural hormone that stimulates gall bladder to contract. If ultrasound exam shows no calculi or gall bladder thickening, this uusally means gall bladder dyskinesia. Gall bladder does not contract normally causing pain and the ejection fraction is low. The cck should have been injected in a slow intravenous dose at time of study. Treatment usually involves consulting pediatric surgeion. ...Read more

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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