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How tp differentiate between gallbladder and liver pain?

How tp differentiate between gallbladder and liver pain?

See an MD: Labs, imaging, a good history and physical will help your md differentiate between a hepatic (liver) cause for your symptoms and a biliary (gallbladder) cause for your symptoms. The treatments are obviously different. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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How to differentiate between gallbladder and liver pain?

How to differentiate between gallbladder and liver pain?

Gallbladder pain: Is USUALLY epigastric and right upper quadrant, after fatty meals, and last 6-8 hours. Liver pain is USUALLY more diffuse in right upper quadrant and lower chest, constant, and not related to meals. But frequently it is impossible to tell the difference. See your doctor for specific advice in your case. ...Read more

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How can you differentiate between gallbladder and liver pain?

Tough to tell some: Time. Gallstone pain is typically right upper quadrant and epigastric, following large or fatty meal, lasting 4-6 hours, with radiation to tip of right scapula. Liver pain is typically constant and located in right upper abdomen and lower chest. But usually patients don't have typical symptoms, and these are textbook symptoms. Consult your doctor, because it is difficult to tell the difference. ...Read more

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How can you determine the difference between muscle or cartilidge pain vs liver or gallbladder pain? Have heard can feel liver pain under ribs?

How can you determine the difference between muscle or cartilidge pain vs liver or gallbladder pain? Have heard can feel liver pain under ribs?

A good history: There are some different nuances with each type of pain. If you speak with your doctor, between a good history and a physical exam, your doctor can usually figure it out. An ultrasound or some blood tests may be helpful as well. ...Read more

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Does gallbladder removal affects liver?

Does gallbladder removal affects liver?

Removal: Or cholecystectomy, should not affect your liver. In fact, it would probably make it better if you had abnormal liver function before the surgery, it should make it better. ...Read more

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Can gallbladder problems cause fatty liver?

Can gallbladder problems cause fatty liver?

Fatty Liver: Gallbladder disease does not cause fatty liver. The two may coexist. A low fat diet and weight reduction (if appropriate) may be recommended by your doctor forcfatty liver. If there are gallbladder symptoms such as abdominal pain associated with meals, this may be an indication for surgery. Discuss these issues with your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes liver and gallbladder dialations?

Not sure..: If I fully understand your question. Dilation of bile ducts in the liver can be from gallstones or a bile duct blockage, and that same blockage could also cause distension of the gallbladder. Needs evaluation with blood tests and maybe ERCP or mri. A gastroenterologist may help with an evaluation. ...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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Is there a reason for upper ab pain besides gallbladder or liver?

Is there a reason for upper ab pain besides gallbladder or liver?

Lots: May just be gas, but...Can be due inflammation of stomach, duodenum, ulcers of either, tumors, pancreas issues, colon problems, esophagus issues, spleen, blood vessel (aorta), even cardiac or gyn related depends on location, type of pain, duration, other symptoms, individual's age, sex, meds, etc. See your doc. ...Read more

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My dads liver levels are 600 with no gallbladder and he is diabetic?

My dads liver levels are 600 with no gallbladder and he is diabetic?

Here are some...: What is test name and unit of this 600 value referred to? Please do so and brief his general health background so the doctors can answer your question more to the point. To help on how to handle sickness, please go to articles listed in http://formefirst. Com/onDealSickness. Html. More? Welcome to contact me at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-Lin with RQPWJC to log in for appointments. Best wish to his health. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the duct that connects your liver to the gallbladder is enlarged?

What does it mean if the duct that connects your liver to the gallbladder is enlarged?

Common bile duct: Dilation is most commonly caused by obstruction of the duct by a stone, inflammation or tumor. Further testing such as endoscopic cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) can identify the cause and perhaps relieve the obstruction. Sometimes surgery is needed. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...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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Not sure if related but had gallbladder out 2 years ago and getting pain in liver area. Feeling of fullness near liver. Hurts when bend to the side?

Not sure if related but had gallbladder out 2 years ago and getting pain in liver area. Feeling of fullness near liver. Hurts when bend to the side?

Good thought: It could be related but usually complications are pretty soon after surgery, not years. It could be a hernia from one of the incisions as well. Having someone look at it and possibly an ultrasound of the liver area might be a good start. This far out, however, it is more likely to be unrelated. ...Read more

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Do you think I should do a liver cleanse if my gallbladder has been removed?

I know of no: Medical evidence to show that liver cleanse is beneficial for those with or without gallbladder. But I suppose it would depend on whom you ask. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I had a scan on my gallbladder but something has shown up on my liver what could it be?

What do you advise if I had a scan on my gallbladder but something has shown up on my liver what could it be?

More information: Well, Gallbladder is next to the liver, therefore scan of the gallbladder could show any pathology existed in liver, too. There are variety of things that could have been, including Cyst, fatty liver, hemangioma, mass, infection, cirrhosis. You need to provide more information. ...Read more

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Are there complications with a liver/gallbladder cleanse if I have experienced light pain in the LRQ in the past and now on my cleanse?

Are there complications with a liver/gallbladder cleanse if I have experienced light pain in the LRQ in the past and now on my cleanse?

Would not cleanse: Would not advise cleansing ad there's no scientific data that this works. The right lower quadrant discomfort could be from your large intestine. You need to discuss with your physician and rethink doing cleansing ...Read more

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How? Does? Gallbladder disease affect the liver?

How? Does? Gallbladder disease affect the liver?

Indirectly: Gallstones may sometimes exit the gallbladder (gb) and get stuck within the bile ducts that connect the liver to the intestine. This may block the liver, leading to jaundice and infections (cholangitis). Furthermore, the gb is attached to the undersurface of the liver; if the gb is inflamed, the liver can secondarily become inflamed, transiently affecting liver function. ...Read more

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Can gallbladder disease cause liver tests to go up?

Can gallbladder disease cause liver tests to go up?

Yes: Liver function tests include ast, alt, alkaline phosphotase (alkp), and bilirubin.Acute inflammation of the gallbladder can secondarily inflame the liver, typically causing a elevation of ast and alt. A stone in the common bile duct (cbd) may block the liver and lead to abnormalities of all these labs. If a stone is in the cbd, endoscopic removal (ERCP) is usually necessary, in addition to chole-x. ...Read more

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Would a liver function test show gallbladder dysfunction?

Would a liver function test show gallbladder dysfunction?

It may, ...: As if the ducts get blocked then the liver may get inflamed and the LFT's elevated. ...Read more

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Had my gallbladder removed 5 yrs ago now my liver inflammed why is this?

Had my gallbladder removed 5 yrs ago now my liver inflammed why is this?

Likely not related: It is possible that you have stones still blocking your bile duct but that typically causes pain. More likely there is something else going on. If basic blood tests for hepatitis don't show a cause you should see a liver specialist. ...Read more

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Can someone describe shoulder pain related to liver/gallbladder problems?

Referred pain: Right-shoulder pain due to the liver has been described as: achy, constant, changes with breathing, sharp. In one study, patients that underwent liver biopsy had more pain referred to the r-shoulder than localized right upper abdominal quadrant pain. They concluded that r-shoulder pain is likely to be a viscerosomatic referred pain, rather than a reflection of complication such as bleeding. ...Read more

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What substances regulate the activity of the gallbladder and liver, in regards to bile?

Cholecystokinin: The gallbladder and liver are regulated by cholecystokinin. Many other hormones also play a role. ...Read more

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Why do I get pain where my gallbladder was when I'm constipated? Is that normal or is it my liver?

Why do I get pain where my gallbladder was when I'm constipated? Is that normal or is it my liver?

Post-cholecystectomy: Post-cholecystectomy is a recurrence of the pains that caused your gall bladder surgery in the first place. It is not uncommon. You are fortunate that it only occurs when you are constipated, because constipation is easily alleviated. First, check your thyroid--a common cause of constipation. Increase your dietary fiber (Konsyl), water, and magnesium intake. Prunes may also help. ...Read more

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Are there foods that naturally concentrate the bile produced by the liver in the absence of gallbladder?

Not needed: Concentrated bile is not important for digestion, from all secretions 7 liters of fluid goes through gut, even concentrated gb bile gets diluted, most of the entire fluid get absorbed when reaches end of small bowel. ...Read more

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Breathing difficulties after gallbladder op when my liver was nicked and repaired with a 2nd surgery.... Should I be worried?

Maybe: I would recommend that you contact your surgeon and ask. It is a good idea to keep your surgeon "in the loop" about your health and condition for at least 30 days after an operation, as he or she may have special insight as to what may be going on during this period. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have pain in the liver area within the first few days after having your gallbladder removed laparoscopically?

Is it normal to have pain in the liver area within the first few days after having your gallbladder removed laparoscopically?

Sometimes: Usually after a lap chole, there is discomfort in the RUQ and mainly the Right shoulder. This is a result of the air in your abdomen. The pain should get better relatively quickly. If you have any nausea or vomiting, or yellow/orange color to your urine, you should see your surgeon. You may also want to try Ibuprofen which sometimes helps with the discomfort. ...Read more

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If you've been diagnosed with a fatty liver could that possibly mean you could have a bad gallbladder? Have back pains. Day to day.

If you've been diagnosed with a fatty liver could that possibly mean you could have a bad gallbladder? Have back pains. Day to day.

Fatty liver: Fatty liver does not always associated with gall stones. Ultrasound which assume revealed the fatty liver would have revealed the gall stone also. Backpain may have a different cause. ...Read more

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If I have pain in my right side but sometimes to the lower left, is it possible the left pain is a stone in my liver not gallbladder?

Don't believe so: Llq pain in my experience is not caused by a stone in your liver nor your gall bladder. See a surgeon and have a work up. ...Read more

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


Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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