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Mucus filled/swollen: A gallbladder in which a gallstone has blocked its duct will sometimes absorb the accumulated bile and leave behind a white mucoid substance in the gallbladder. A mucus filled gallbladder from a blocked stone is called hydrops. Hydrops is a word used in other conditions as well where there is excessive swelling. Lithiasis refers to the stone which is usually a cholesterol stone. ...Read more
Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more
What to do if I had pulmonary edema during gall bladder removal in 2011. the radiology report reads. The cardiac silhouette?
Surgery-related: It may have been related to surgery. If you have had no symptoms since the surgery then I would simply ask your doctor if a repeat chest x-ray needs to be done. The x-ray report will discuss the 'cardiac silhouette' which just refers to how the outline of the heart looks on x-ray. ...Read more
What do you advise if I had pulmonary edema during gall bladder removal in 2011. The radiology report reads. The cardiac silhouette?
This is normal: The GB stores bile that is made by the liver. In response to a fatty meal, the GB squeezes and empties the bile into the intestines to help digest your food. A collapsed GB just means that it has recently emptied, probably after a meal. Conversely, a distended or full GB is common when fasting. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: The most common and best tests are ultrasound for the diagnosis of gallstones, and to examine the surrounding bile ducts and pancreas, and HIDA scan, which is a nuclear medicine study to diagnose gallbladder dysfunction without stones (biliary dyskinesia) or gallbladder duct blockage. ...Read more
Variable: I guess you are asking about a low gallbladder ejection fraction on a hida scale. Depends on your symptoms. Gallbladder surgery if there are gallstoes. If a lot of discomfort & nausea from biliary dyskinesia without stones, then may get relief with gallbladder surgery. Just leave alone if there are no gallstones & little or no symptoms. ...Read more
Typically: Epigastric and right upper quadrant post prandial pain after heavy or fatty meals. If it progresses to complications, it can also cause fever, jaundice, peritonitis, or pancreatitis. Your doctor will probably order an abdominal ultrasound and blood tests to investigate this matter further. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stasis: Problems with the gb emptying whether it is due to obstruction from stones or lack of inherent contractility, it is bile sitting in the gb and not draining properly that can set a patient up for inflammation. Stones sitting in the gb will also cause bile to build up in the gb and can contribute to stasis without causing overt obstruction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gallbladder: Avoid fatty foods.Get a more detailed answer ›
It's empty: The gallbladder largely functions as a bag that concentrates bile made in the liver. Between meals, bile flows from the liver into the bile duct, and it is "sucked" into the gallbladder where it is concentrated between 8-20 x. When you eat, various stimuli including cck release stimulate gallbladder contaction, and the concentrated bile is then emptied into the small intestine to mix with food. ...Read more
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