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If you have a thickening of your gallbladder does it mean its going bad?

If you have a thickening of your gallbladder does it mean its going bad?

Depends: Ultrasound findings without abdominal discomforts may have no meaning. Thickened gallbladder wall with gallstones generally does indicate irritation & chronic chilecystitis. Gallbladder thickening in the face of cirrhosis & ascites has no indication of gallbladder disease. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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


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My gallbladder ultrasound reads abnormal thickening of neck does mean cancer if I have gallbladder polyps?

My gallbladder ultrasound reads abnormal thickening of neck does mean cancer if I have gallbladder polyps?

NO: Ultrasound is not how cancer is diagnosed. Gallbladder polyps is a risk factor for cancer and is an indication for cholecystectomy especially if symtomatic. See a surgeon for an opinion. Standard of care for cancer diagnosis is tissue based. ...Read more

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Latest abdominal ultrasound reveals well distended gallbladder, fatty liver, mild gallbladder wall thickening. But lft normal. No pain. What can this mean?

Latest abdominal ultrasound reveals well distended gallbladder, fatty liver, mild gallbladder wall thickening. But lft normal. No pain. What can this mean?

Why did you get US?: If lfts are normal, and no pain, why get us?

Fatty liver means more fat stored in liver than normal, usually due to metabolic reasons - overweight, diabetes, alcohol overuse/abuse.

Gallbladder wall thickening is a weak sign of gallbladder disease in people with pain or tenderness - in this case it probably means the gallbladder could distend even more than it was. ...Read more

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They told me that I have sludge and crystals in my gallbladder. What does this mean?

They told me that I have sludge and crystals in my gallbladder. What does this mean?

May be problem: Sludge and crystals in gallbladder are usually detected by ultrasound examination. Sometimes these are transient and disappear. Usuall if patient has symptoms referrable to gall bladder disease a hida nuclear medicine exam is performed to determine if gall bladder is functioning normally. If normal function and prdesence of sludge not usually a problem. If gall bladder disease sometimes surgery. ...Read more

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Hi I had an ultrasound scan today and was told I have debris in my gallbladder what does this mean will I have to eat a low fAt diet?

Hi I had an ultrasound scan today and was told I have debris in my gallbladder what does this mean will I have to eat a low fAt diet?

May help: It is crystallization of cholesterol and calcium salts that can result in the formation of gallbladder sludge (debris). It can grow to form gallstones. Moreover, this sludge can also lead to medical conditions like pancreatitis, gallbladder inflammation, etc. If no symptoms, no need for treatment, otherwise gallbladder removal can be considered. Low fat diet may help. ...Read more

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Ct results said mild fatty liver and sluggish gallbladder. What does this mean? How serious? What changes do I need to make? Dr didn't call me back

Ct results said mild fatty liver and sluggish gallbladder. What does this mean? How serious? What changes do I need to make? Dr didn't call me back

CT scan: Can show fatty liver, but ct scan cannot identify a slow or sluggish gb. Only a specific hida scan looks at gb function. There is nothing serious sounding from this limited ct scan information. Follow up with your doctor to review your results. ...Read more

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New spot found on liver thru ct. Early bt show increase liver enzymes. Us show fullness kidney & cyst on gallbladder. What does this mean?

New spot found on liver thru ct. Early bt show increase liver enzymes. Us show fullness kidney & cyst on gallbladder. What does this mean?

Hard to say: Have you had a colonoscopy? It is hard to say what the spot on your liver is without looking at your films... This could be a simple cyst, but if it is new, it could be a colon cancer (or other kind of tumor). You need a proper exam, including a colonoscopy if you haven't had one yet. If that is negative, it may require a biopsy. ...Read more

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What is a collapsed gallbladder mean?

What is a collapsed gallbladder mean?

Can be: A common normal finding that could indicate eating too soon before the ultrasound, if there are no gallstones present. With gallstones this could indicate empty non-functional gallbladder from chronic cholecystitis. ...Read more

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What does 35% gallbladder function mean?

What does 35% gallbladder function mean?

Marginal function: Your gallbladder is functioning at the threshhold of abnormality. 35% or less is considered abnormal, and if you're symptomatic, I would recommend the gallbladder be removed. About 10% of my cholecystectomy patients don't have any stones at all, just malfunction. So, if you have trouble with fatty foods, bloating, nausea, RUQ pain, etc - speak with a surgeon. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does 2 folds in your gallbladder mean?

Nothing: The gallbladder has folds throughout - so that means nothing. Stones means something, folds are just folds. ...Read more

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What does extra fluid in the gallbladder mean?

What does extra fluid in the gallbladder mean?

It depends: It depends where are the fluid
if they are around the gallbladder that could indicate infection or inflammation and could required immediate surgical intervention specially if the report did described thick wall as well
if the extra fluid are inside the gallbladder then that mean the gallbladder is distended that could happen if the patient have been fasting or the gallbladder is not working well ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a "full" gallbladder?

What does it mean to have a "full" gallbladder?

Time for lunch: Your gallbladder naturally fills with bile until you eat something, then it empties the bile into your upper intestine to digest the fats. If it's not emptying over 40% it's probably diseased. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of thickening of the gallbladder wall?

What are symptoms of thickening of the gallbladder wall?

Symptoms: Are a description of what a person feels. There may be no symptoms from an isolated radiology finding of gallbladder wall thickening. If it is associated with gallstones, then some chronic gallbladder inflammation or irritation may be present. ...Read more

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Does gallbladder sludge means gallbladder walls are thick?

Nope: The gallbladder is a small hollow organ that holds bile. This helps us digest fat. When you look at the gallbladder with an ultrasound the bile can appear like sludge which probably just describes the consistency of the bile. Thickening of the gallbladder wall can be seen on the ultrasound as well and usually is a result of inflammation. These are two different findings. ...Read more

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What does it mean that my gallbladder is physiologically distended?

What does it mean that my gallbladder is physiologically distended?

Fasting?: It may just mean that it's full of bile. If you refrain from eating for the Ultrasound your gallbladder will fill with bile and become physiologically distended. That's normal. When you eat the GB contracts and pushes bile out into your intestines and therefore would physiologically empty.. ...Read more

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I was told that my gallbladder wall measures 9ml does that mean I need my gallbladder taken out?

I was told that my gallbladder wall measures 9ml does that mean I need my gallbladder taken out?

In what context...?: No x-ray finding is absolutely normal or abnormal unless it is viewed in clinical context--e.g. Is the patient symptomatic or ill? Measurement of the gallbladder wall (in millimeters, not milliliters) when thickened may indicate gallbladder inflammation, but it may also mean the gallbladder was partially (and normally) contracted. ...Read more

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If someones gallbladder was said to be partially contracted does that mean it would soon need to be taken out?

If someones gallbladder was said to be partially contracted does that mean it would soon need to be taken out?

Probably: This description was probably given during a scan, performed to measure the gb's output. If deficient, there is most likely at least a partial obstruction from small stones or sludge. Surgery will be required, though not emergent. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Tiny polyp on gallbladder. Wats this mean?

Tiny polyp on gallbladder. Wats this mean?

observation needed: Small % of polyps will develop cancers, especially the large ones, small ones could be observed, if they are large ones (2 cm) should be removed by cholecystectmy ...Read more

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Does distended gallbladder mean obstructed?

Not necessarily: This may just mean you haven't eaten in a while and the gallbladder has accumulated a lot of bile. If you are having pain in the abdomen would get additional testing, e.g. a HIDA scan. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Supposing you have elevated gallbladder enzymes, what does it mean?

Supposing you have elevated gallbladder enzymes, what does it mean?

Liver enzymes: There are several tests which may be abnormal with gallbladder disease. The liver enzymes, called SGOT and SGPT, or ALT and AST are elevated when there is irritation to the liver. A gallstone blocking a bile duct will cause this, There are many other reasons the enzymes might be elevated, anything from strenuous exercise to hepatitis, to liver cancer, so check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the gallbladder won't show on a pipida scan?

What does it mean when the gallbladder won't show on a pipida scan?

Several reasons: Pipida or hida scan is nuclear medicine test for gall bladder function. Gb does not visualize when gb has acute cholecystitis and patient acutely ill. Also patients with chronic gall bladder duct obstruction will not have gb visualization. Sometimes gb will not be seen well in extreme prolonged fasting, wit certain pain meds and when patient fed by tpn, total intravenous nourishment. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what it mean when the gallbladder won't show on pipida scan?

Can you tell me what it mean when the gallbladder won't show on pipida scan?

Obstruction...: If tracer is not visualized in the gallbladder during the appropriate scanning period, this means there is cystic duct obstruction which is seen with acute cholecystitis. False positives can occur if you ate within a few hours before scan or if you have fasted for more than 24 hours before scan. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I was told my gallbladder had sludge in it and is dialated what does this mean?

Gabladder not normal: You have a gallbladder with sludge. You probably had an ultrasound and this showers sludge which means a build up in the gallbladder and poor emptying. If you are frequently having right upper quadrant pain a hida scan to determine your ejection fraction may help you determine if a gallbladder removal will help. Watch your diet and see your doctor mean while. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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My mum had gallbladder problems and she had it removed my sister also had hers removed, does that mean I should have mine removed?

My mum had gallbladder problems and she had it removed my sister also had hers removed, does that mean I should have mine removed?

No: You only need to consider taht if you start having gallstone-induced stomach pain. To prevent gallstones, eat more fruits like apples, pears & watermelon; eat more vegetables like carrots, broccoli and greens; use more whole grains & olive oil (monosaturated fats); drink plenty water, & avoid carbonated beverages & saturated fats. Get plenty exercise, and avoid obesity & rapid weight loss. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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