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Person diagnosed with gallstones by an ultrasound, what other tests should be done to rule out other diseases to ensure it truly is gallstones?

Person diagnosed with gallstones by an ultrasound, what other tests should be done to rule out other diseases to ensure it truly is gallstones?

Unclear: An ultrasound is one of the best tests i medicine when it is used to diagnose gallstones. However, that does not mean you need your gallbladder removed. A gallbladder should be removed for symptoms - stones are not an indication for surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Person diagnosed with gallstones by ultrasound was told to remove gallbladder without any other tests.How can we be sure this is a right choice?

Person diagnosed with gallstones by ultrasound was told to remove gallbladder without any other tests.How can we be sure this is a right choice?

Second opinion: If you are concerned about what to do, see a gastroenterologist, which is is a doctor that specailizes in non surgical treatment of gallstones. If they tell you to have your gallbladder out then go to a surgeon for gallbladder removal. The risk factors for symptomatic gallstones are female , age forty, previous childbirth or birth control pills, and obesity. ...Read more

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Is it safe to do a liver cleanse when I have gallstones? 8mm gallstone found on ultrasound 6 months ago - just using "wait and see" approach with it.

Is it safe to do a liver cleanse when I have gallstones? 8mm gallstone found on ultrasound 6 months ago - just using "wait and see" approach with it.

No: Forcing overex[ression of bile from liver not advantageous. With a small stone present, it will eventaully pass and if it remains in the common duct can be removed by ercp. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with gallstones by ultrasound & been having severe gallbladder attacks but now my dr ordered a HIDA scan is that necessary?

I've been diagnosed with gallstones by ultrasound  & been having severe gallbladder attacks but now my dr ordered a HIDA scan is that necessary?

Sometimes: Sometimes if the symptoms of your attacks do not correspond with gallstone pain, some physicians will order a HIDA scan to see if the GB is emptying properly. Most of the time if a person has gallstones and symptoms of right upper quadrant pain after eating, it would be justified to proceed forward with surgery with out a HIDA scan. You should speak to a General Surgeon. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w gallstones thru ultrasound but now ordered for HIDA scan? Is it true that this scan could cause severe gallbladder attack or move stones?

Diagnosed w gallstones thru ultrasound but now ordered for HIDA scan? Is it true that this scan could cause severe gallbladder attack or move stones?

Maybe: A HIDA scan evaluates the function of the GB. During a HIDA scan you are given a medication that will cause your GB to contract and that can sometimes cause discomfort. Also the Ensure that you are asked to drink can also precipitate some RUQ discomfort. As far as a full fledged GB attack, that is unlikely. It definatley does not cause more stones. Talk to the physician who ordered the scan. ...Read more

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Possibly have gallstones, getting ultrasound in AM, had bilirubin in urine. Now getting sharp pain behind right shoulder blade, is this related?

Possibly have gallstones, getting ultrasound in AM, had bilirubin in urine. Now getting sharp pain behind right shoulder blade, is this related?

Can be gallstones: Right shoulder pain can be referred from gall bladder and right upper quadrant of abdomen inflammatory processes. Bilirubin can elevate if gall stone is blocking common duct or associated liver disease such as hepatititis.Bilirubin in urine may reflect elevated bilirubin level ...Read more

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Pain and elevated liver. Doctor thought I could have gallstones. Got an ultrasound. Can an ultrasound show anything else (such as bowel cancer)?

Pain and elevated liver. Doctor thought I could have gallstones. Got an ultrasound. Can an ultrasound show anything else (such as bowel cancer)?

It has limitations: Ultrasound is a very good tool in diagnosing gallstones and evaluate the liver. However it is not a good tool to evaluate the colon. Usually ultrasound does not show colon cancer unless the colon cancer is very large. The best way to diagnose colon cancer is colonoscopy. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gallstones (Definition)

Stone can occur in the gallbladder by concentration of bile with precipitation of crystals ...Read more