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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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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...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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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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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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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

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Pain under rinbs right side .. After eating i guess .. Did xay looks good did ultrasound no gallstones found everything normal but still it hurfsHELP?

Pain under rinbs right side .. After eating i guess .. Did xay looks good did ultrasound no gallstones found everything normal but still it hurfsHELP?

Consider RUQ anatomy: Anatomically, the right upper quadrant (RUQ) of the abdomen includes: liver, gallbladder, pancreatic head, bile ducts and ampulla, c-loop of the duodenum, stomach antrum and pylorus, the hepatic flexure of the colon. Don't forget the diaphragm and lower chest are pretty close by. The abdominal musculature, ribs, and skin can all contribute as well to localizing RUQ pain. ...Read more

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Squeezing pain under right rib cage, also felt between shoulder blades. Ultrasound - no gallstones. PH test shows reflux. Reflux causing symptoms?

Squeezing pain under right rib cage, also felt between shoulder blades. Ultrasound - no gallstones. PH test shows reflux. Reflux causing symptoms?

Sounds like it: It sounds like it. I recommend you work with an integrative medicine doctor or functional medicine doctor to find the root cause(s) of your reflux. In the meantime, I recommend you try an elimination diet. At least stop gluten and dairy for a month and see if your symptoms improve. ...Read more

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Daily R upper abdo pressure+between shoulder blades. Ultrasound 2011 gallstone neg. but prominent intra hepatic ducts. Any ideas?

Daily R upper abdo pressure+between shoulder blades. Ultrasound 2011 gallstone neg. but prominent intra hepatic ducts. Any ideas?

Intra Hepatic Ducts: the cause for prominence of intra hepatic ducts are many mostly due to obstruction & needs further history & evaluation to diagnose the causes . I could go over the details of work up if you would like that ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gallstones (Definition)

Stone-like deposits of bile in the gallbladder that are made from accumulation of cholesterol or bilirubin. Most gallstones are asymptomatic, however complications of gallstones include inflammation of the gallbladder, and blockage of ...Read more