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Ultrasound & hida scan results are normal but classic gallbladder issue signs persist. Could there still be a problem w/ gb....Any tests left to try?

Ultrasound & hida scan results are normal but classic gallbladder issue signs persist. Could there still be a problem w/ gb....Any tests left to try?

Yes: HIDA scan does not detect all gall bladder disease. If symptoms are characteristic and typical of biliary colic, usually surgery is beneficial. No additional tests. GB diet to relieve symptoms may be beneficial. Should consult your physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Accurso
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Hida Scan (Definition)

Patient is injected intravenously with isotope tagged to chemical hida that is extracted preferentially by liver cells mimicking bile. Some of this is stored in gall bladder and some enters small bowel from common bile duct. Cholecystokinin is a natural hormone slowly injected intravenously to stimulate gall bladder contraction. Normal function has at least 50% ...Read more


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I had a Hida scan about three years ago. It showed my gallbladder was not working at all. The surgeon did not trust the test and felt it Wasn't my gallbladder. Can I have a gallbladder that doesn't work at all for over three years with only minor discomfo

I had a Hida scan about three years ago. It showed my gallbladder was not working at all. The surgeon did not trust the test and felt it Wasn't my gallbladder. Can I have a gallbladder that doesn't work at all for over three years with only minor discomfo

Yes: Hida scan has a high false positive rate, and is often unreliable. Therefore, it should be viewed in the context of other findings like ultrasound, liver tests and physical exam. And yes you could have a nonfunctional gallbladder for long period of time with minor symptoms and possible future infection with acute cholecystitis. ...Read more

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Daughter (teen) had hida scan and cried during cck section of test with pain. Does pain always mean gallbladder disease? (no results for few days)

Daughter (teen) had hida scan and cried during cck section of test with pain.  Does pain always mean gallbladder disease? (no results for few days)

HIDA scan: Cck during a hida scan (used to test for gallbladder dysfunction) simulates the eating of a fatty meal. If you have pain or nausea (re-creation of symptoms) during this portion, that is a good indication of dysfunction. The other thing to check is the gbef (gallbladder ejection fraction). Any number under 35% is usually considered abnormal. If pain with cck, too - even better evidence. ...Read more

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Is it possible to hav normal hida scan & ultrasound for gallbladder, but hav false results?Hav all symptoms of bad gallbladder for 2 yrs but norm tests

Is it possible to hav normal hida scan & ultrasound for gallbladder, but hav false results?Hav all symptoms of bad gallbladder for 2 yrs but norm tests

Tough situation : Unusual but possible.There are people who have problems with gb or bile ducts that don't show up on the usual tests. A sphincter at end of your main bile duct that could be too tight. If so could give typical gb symptoms. Need special manometry test to be sure. But also need to be sure not something else like ulcer disease. I have had few patients with all neg tests that got better after gb surg. ...Read more

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

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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Had a nuclear heart stress test. Right after, dr. Did my hida scan on the gallbladder. Did not give more nuclear stuff. Will this affect hida results?

Had a nuclear heart stress test. Right after, dr. Did my hida scan on the gallbladder. Did not give more nuclear stuff. Will this affect hida results?

Unusual but okay: Nuclear cardiac stress test is a nuclear imaging method that shows how well blood flows into the heart muscle, both at rest and during activity. This uses a radiopharmaceutical, such as thallium or sestamibi. However, tc-99m sestamibi, has relatively high liver uptake and studies have utilized this for assessment of gallbladder contraction also. (j gastrointestin liver dis, 2007; 16:157). ...Read more

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My son has severe ruq and weight loss. All tests and labs show normal. Hida scan was 91% ef. Gi won't remove gallbladder. How do I find one who will?

My son has severe ruq and weight loss.  All tests and labs show normal. Hida scan was 91% ef. Gi won't remove gallbladder.  How do I find one who will?

Gallbladder Disease: If the work up performed by your G.I. Does not show any evidence of gallbladder disease, then there really is no reason to remove the gallbladder. Maybe other causes of your sons symptoms should be explored. ...Read more

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What would an ERCP show that in ultrasound HIDA scan and blood work would not? All my tests came back normal still having gallbladder attack symptoms

What would an ERCP show that in ultrasound  HIDA scan and blood work would not? All my tests came back normal still having gallbladder attack symptoms

Why unexplained pain: ERCP a low risk procedure is needed some times to give additional information , like presence of stones in the bile and panceratic ducts , its architecture , abnormal location of its opening ( like pancreatic divisim ) Speak to your doctor about risks VS benefits. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Inwood
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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


Dr. Marvin Ott
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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