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Gallstone Symptoms But No Gallbladder
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
What is the difference between gallstones and other gallbladder problems? What are the difference in symptoms and treatments also?
Gallbladder symptoms: "biliary" symptoms are sub-acute onset of right upper quadrant abdominal discomfort (radiates to right shoulder blade, crescendoing over several minutes, resolving over 6-8 hours +/-nausea/vomit. This typically occurs after a fatty meal due to a gallstone becoming impacted in the cystic duct (connection of gallbladder to biliary tree). Acalculous cholecystitis is a sick gallbladder without stones. ...Read more
Gallbladder disease symptoms, inflamed, free fluid around gallbladder but no gallstones what could this problem?
Gallbladder.: If your gallbladder appears inflamed on ultrasound and has free fluid around it, associated with symptoms which sound like gallbladder symptoms, I would say the most likely cause of your symptoms is your gallbladder. It is certainly possible to have cholecystitis without gallstones. You should be evaluated by your doctor or a surgeon ASAP. Good luck. ...Read more
My bro has gallstones 3mm-16mm and don't want to remove gallbladder as there is no symptoms, he's planning to do lithotripsy. Please advise.
Discuss with Surgeon: That seems reasonable without any symptoms. The stones may not be near the duct, etc. Ask the surgeon and discuss all your options and if what you desire does not work, then surgery, may be done laproscopically (much less invasive) which is elective, and would be an acceptable course of action for you. ...Read more
Have 6mm stable gallstone. Doc says do nothing since I feel fine. But what if I get pregnant and get symptoms? Can gallbladder surgery hurt pregnancy?
Usually no problem: Most people with gallstones don't have a problem with them, so we don't routinely remove the gallbladder just for stones. However, if you start having symptoms of pain, nausea or vomiting that may be due to the gallbladder, those symptoms will likely worsen over time until you get the GB out. The same goes for pregnant women. 2nd trimester for surgery is safest if absolutely necessary. ...Read more
Inflamed gallbladder. Hida scan shows 29%. No gallstones. Symptoms are not severe, minor back pain, nausea, elevated pancreas levels (301), acid reflux. Any other option besides surgery? If so, what?
Gallbladder ef 12%, no gallstones, but symptoms: extreme burping, food intolerance (nausea/gas), pressure/poking under rib rib. Should I remove it?
See below: Your gallbladder is barely functioning and it is not going to improved. Your best chance to relieve your symptoms is to have it removed. ...Read more
Biliary dyspepsia?: Biliary stones may eventually pass into the small bowel on their own. Worry less about diet & more if your stones are causing symptoms, or you have elevated bilirubin &/or dilation of the bile ducts on recent imaging. A sick gallbladder (found by cck-hida) or ductal stones (depending on location, size, biliary anatomy) may promote infection, pancreatic &/or liver inflammation & need to be removed. ...Read more
What are the major symptoms of gallbladder stones and does any of the symptoms include muscular pains in the arms and legs and diarrhea?
Pain right abdomen: The gallbladder is under your liver in the right upper abdomen. Symptoms of a bad gallbladder start with pain after eating, nausea, evolve to vomiting, fever and serious illness. Diarrhea and muscle pains are not typical, unless you are quite advanced with serious gallbladder illness. Okay to get checked out if you have fever and/or vomiting. ...Read more
Usually infection: Gallstones can get left behind after surgery, that is the most common cause, they were there all along. It's easy for that to happen. If new gallstones form it is usually because of an infection in the bile ducts called cholangitis. If you are still having pain and there is a gallstone in one of the bile ducts, see a gastroenterologist, there is a procedure called ERCP to remove the stones. ...Read more
Possibly: The usual culprit here is that gallstones got out of the gallbladder before it was removed, even during the surgery. Rarely gallstones can form in the bile ducts, usually when there is inflammation of the liver/bile ducts (called cholangitis). Gallstones can often be removed with a procedure called an ERCP, which is an outpatient procedure similar to an endoscopy. ...Read more
Surgery: Remove gallbladder and stones. If gallbladder is contracted it may indicate disease of the gallbladder. ...Read more
Distention: A distended gallbladder without gallstones could be a normal variant or could be due to an obstruction in the biliary tract distally, however that would also cause other related symptoms. ...Read more
See below: It doesn't matter whether there is 1 stone or multiple stones in the gallbladder. If gallstones are causing symptoms, surgery is recommended, and it always includes removal of the gallbladder together with all it's contents. If there are no symptoms and the finding is incidental, then surgery is not indicated. ...Read more
Narcotics: Unfortunately, once you start having gallbladder attacks, the only definitive treatment is surgery. Thankfully, this is a very simple, straightforward operation that can get you back to normal activity in 1-2 weeks. There are some ways to dissolve stones but they are ineffective in the long run: the gallbladder is the gallstone factory and new ones will form. ...Read more
If known already: Stay away from fatty foods, i.e. Fried. When there's gallbladder disease with or without stones, my recommendation is to have it removed! ...Read more
Yes: If you still have tour Gallbladder, you are still able to get gall stones. ...Read more
Gallstones: If there are no stones in the gallbladder you can still have gallbladder problems related to sludge/gravel material as well as a poorly functioning gallbladder among other more rare conditions. ...Read more
Most likely: If you are symptomatic and surgeon thinks from GB then it likely needs to come out. He/she may do a HIDA scan to confirm that it is unhealthy. Asymptomatic cholelithiasis with normal labs can wait to be removed as not urgent. The goal is to fix the problem causing you pain and sometimes a gallstone isn't the thing causing the pain. Talk with your physician/surgeon about it. ...Read more
It is possible, and no reasonable physician would do it.
See, the problem is not just having gallstones, but the gallbladder and bile allow the formation of these... so it is likely you would produce many more...
The solution in a symptomatic patient is to remove the gallbladder. That is where the problem lies, and if it gets inflamed the surgery is urgent. ...Read more
Could you please help me find an answer! What would cause a distended gallbladder without gallstones?
Could be normal: Fasting can cause the gallbladder to be distended when examined by ultrasound. A stone too small to see at the gallbladder neck can do this as well as a stone in the common bile duct. Narrowing of the bile duct where it empties into the duodenum by stricture or tumor can do this as well as pancreatic cancer. ...Read more