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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.

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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 just had my HIDA scan results come back. The percentage is 76%, is this normal or is that considered an over active gallbladder?

I just had my HIDA scan results come back. The percentage is 76%, is this normal or is that considered an over active gallbladder?

Normal: Usually greater than 35% gb ejection fraction is considered normal. In some labs hyperkinetic gall bladder is contemplated when ejection fraction greater than 80%.

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I got results from a Hida scan and my gallbladder function is 18%. I've also been having low grade fevers. Would this cause the fevers?

I got results from a Hida scan and my gallbladder function is 18%. I've also been having low grade fevers. Would this cause the fevers?

Doubtful: Low gallbladder ejection fraction is thought inve a disease called biliary dyskinesia, a functional problem with the gallbladder. This should not cause the fever. It may however prompt you to get your gallbladder removed surgically, which may help symptoms of pain, particularly if the medicine they gave you for the test reproduced the pain. This is done by a general surgeon. Hope this helps!

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I have all he symptoms of gallbladder but im having pain in my left rib cage. My hida scan results were 60 %. Does this mean? Will my gldr be removed

I have all he symptoms of gallbladder but im having pain in my left rib cage. My hida scan results were 60 %. Does this mean? Will my gldr be removed

Normal hida scan: A normal gallbladder ejection fraction is more than 50%. It is normal in your case. Unless you have a situs invertus (in this case the liver on the left side instead of the right side) your symptom is probably not related to hepatobiliary disease, as demonstrated by your normal hida scan. It might be related to stomach, spleen or other thoracic problems.

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Is hyperkinetic gallbladder a recognized diagnosis? Hida scan result 97% w/ ruq pain and nausea for 2.5 months. U/s, egd, colonoscopy, and labs neg.

Is hyperkinetic gallbladder a recognized diagnosis? Hida scan result 97% w/ ruq pain and nausea for 2.5 months. U/s, egd, colonoscopy, and labs neg.

Not by most: Most physicians in nuclear medicine and gastroenterology believe that increased ejection fraction of gall bladder is probably normal (above 35%). A well known nuclear physician reported small group of patients with hyperkinetic gall bladder getting relief with removal of gb. More studies needed to convince most surgeons.

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With a hida scan result of 11% would u recommend getting my gallbladder out? I have some right rib discomfort and 5 days of nausea.

With a hida scan result of 11% would u recommend getting my gallbladder out? I have some right rib discomfort and 5 days of nausea.

If clinically indica: It depends on the clinical total picture. Not everybody with gallbladder is has gallstones. Therefore it may be wise for you to have a gallbladder removed. But we need more information for a final recommendation.

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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.

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I'm a 31 year old male, had a HIDA scan on my gallbladder, my ejection fraction results were 13.7%. What am I looking at in terms of treatment?

Depends: If you are having symptoms of gallbladder disease, like upper abdominal pain or nausea, you will likely benefit from gallbladder removal. If you are not having those symptoms, you may be able to avoid operation--for now.

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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.

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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).

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I went into hida scan while in pain. The test seemed to have aggravated my syptoms. The results however were normal. Do I need a gall bladder removal?

I went into hida scan while in pain. The test seemed to have aggravated my syptoms. The results however were normal. Do I need a gall bladder removal?

Maybe: The hida scan is not always abnormal with gall bladder disease. The fact that symptoms were mimicked by the test may mean gall bladder is an issue. Sometimes gb ejection fraction can be normal and there is a problem with the biliary duct at its entrance into the duodenum where is a muscle, called sphincter of oddi, sometimes spasm at this area can cause simiilar pain., called dyskinesia.

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15% hida scan should I have gallbladder out?

Depends: Depends if symptoms related to biliary colic. Other alternatives are diet avoiding fatty foods that can cause gall bladder attacks. 15% is low ejection fraction for gall bladder and usually means chronic gall bladder disease or dyskinesia. Should consult your physician for educated decision.

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Does 45% hida scan mean my gallbladder is getting sick?

Does 45% hida scan mean my gallbladder is getting sick?

No.: There are typically 2 ways to use the results of a hida scan. If the gallbladder doesn't appear, then that is consistent with disease (called cholecystitis). If the functioning of the gallbladder is poor with a ejection fraction less than 30%, it is called dyskinesia and may be a cause for problems.

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My hida scan said my gallbladder is working at 29%. What does that mean?

Borderline: That means that after they stimulated your gallbladder, it ejected 29% of the radioactive tracer. Typically if it is less than 30-35% (depending on the lab), it indicates some type of gallbladder dysfunction as the etiology of a person's pain that may be helped by surgical intervention. However, since you are on the borderline, your physician will make a decision based on your clinical condition.

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Can hida scan irritate the gallbladder? Since I had mine my pain is worse?

Not usually.: The hida scan is a nuclear medicine test that measures the uptake of some radiolabeled IV medicine. It is not commonly associated with causing pain. If your pain is worse then perhaps whatever the test was ordered for is getting worse. Do you know what the results of the test were?

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Does having no pain during your hida scan mean that your gallbladder was fine?

Does having no pain during your hida scan mean that your gallbladder was fine?

Not necessarily: A diagnosis requires assessment of both the images, and the symptoms. It is possible to have no pain and still have a diseased gallbladder.

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I had a HIDA scan and report said gallbladder did not visualize. What is this?

I had a HIDA scan and report said gallbladder did not visualize. What is this?

Non visualized GB: If you have not eaten for awhile, you can see non-visualization of the gallbladder during a HIDA scan. It basically means that this is an inconclusive test.

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I'm still hurting had a hida scan done gallbladder is at 53% could I still need it out?

I'm still hurting had a hida scan done gallbladder is at 53% could I still need it out?

RUQ pain: Yes you may very well still need a Gall Bladder removal. If your HIDA was done with CCK (Cholestokinin) it could help in that decision if your pain is reproduced. If CCK is negative you may need a CT scan of your Abdomen. I would recommend a consult with liver function test results as well

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My gallbladder was still highlighted at the end of my hida scan. What does this indicate?

Probably nothing: Over the course of a routine hida scan, the gallbladder accumulates the radiotracer, so it is actually normal to see the gallbladder at the end of the scan. Even if you were given cck to cause the gallbladder to contract (this is how the ejection fraction is calculated) the gallbladder usually does not empty completely and will still be visible but probably a bit smaller.

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If you have a reaction to the hida scan medicattion does that mean your gallbladder is bad?

If you have a reaction to the hida scan medicattion does that mean your gallbladder is bad?

Not necessarily: There are different types of "reaction". Although very rare, it is possible to have an allergic reaction to one of the medicines used during the study. This reaction would have nothing to do with the gallbladder. If a medication is given in attempt to cause your gallbladder to squeeze down...And it is given to fast. It can cause spasm/pain... (as a normal reaction). So. No.

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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