Is it possible for gallbladder disease to make my spleen large - Doctor answers

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Is it possible for gallbladder disease to make my spleen large?

Is it possible for gallbladder disease to make my spleen large?

No: It is extremely unlikely for splenic enlargement to be related to gallbladder disease. In very rare events, such as long term bile duct obstruction from gallbladder disease, it could happen. Bile duct obstruction could cause liver damage which could cause portal hypertension which would cause splenic enlargement. Once again, this would be extremely rare. ...Read more

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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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Please explain if it is possible for gallbladder disease to cause spleen enlargement?

Please explain if it is possible for gallbladder disease to cause spleen enlargement?

Possible: Gallstones can cause pancreatitis. Pancreatitis can cause splenic vein thrombosis. Splenic vein thrombosis and cause the spleen to enlarge. ...Read more

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Enlarged spleen caused by gallbladder disease, what to do?

Probably not GB: Gallbladder disease, most frequently cholecystitis, or inflammation of the gallbladder, does not cause enlarged spleen. Under very unusual circumstances, bacterial infection could cause some response or abscess in the spleen. More often, enlarged spleen or splenomegaly is a reflection of liver disorder, in which the gallbladder may also be affected. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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My gallbladder hurts all the time now and my upper abdomen is sore. Is this the natural progression of gallbladder disease?

My gallbladder hurts all the time now and my upper abdomen is sore. Is this the natural progression of gallbladder disease?

Probably: Repeat obstruction of the gallbladder leads to more symptoms and eventually complete blockage of one of the ducts, leading to an emergency. Seek surgical care soon. The source of pain may be different. ...Read more

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Can gallbladder disease cause loss of appetite for weeks? I don't have much abdominal pain, but more of a full feeling in upper abdomen.

Can gallbladder disease cause loss of appetite for weeks? I don't have much abdominal pain, but more of a full feeling in upper abdomen.

Yes it can!: Symptomatic cholelithiasis (gallstone disease) can manifest in a number of ways, including fullness, burping, indigestion, and pain. If you believe you have gallbladder disorder, visiting a board certified surgeon would be worthwhile. ...Read more

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Can my bad diet lead to gallbladder disease?

Can my bad diet lead to gallbladder disease?

Yes: I agree with dr. Rosen. Gallbladder disease is often multi-factoral. There are clear relationships between diet and gallbladder disease. In addition to poor dietary choices, things including yo-yo dieting with significant weight swings is associated with increased stone formation. Certain illnesses are also associated with development of gallstones. ...Read more

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Who knows anything about gallbladder diseases?

Who knows anything about gallbladder diseases?

Many doctors: Your family doctor can discuss with you gallbladder disease. A gastroenterologist can review cases as needed where there are uncertainties. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell what are symptoms of gallbladder disease?

Can anyone tell what are symptoms of gallbladder disease?

(RUQ) Abdominal Pain: A gallbladder attack is characterized by right- or middle upper abdominal pain (severe, pressure-like, noncramping, nonburning) that typically lasts for an hour or two. Associated symptoms include nausea+/-vomiting+/-chills. The pain often radiates around into the back and/or shoulder. Attacks are often precipitated by fatty or fried food intake, although middle-of-the-night attacks are common. ...Read more

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How is gallbladder disease be caused by an unhealthy diet?

How is gallbladder disease be caused by an unhealthy diet?

Cholesterol: We are not 100 percent certain on how this happens, but some gallstones are made of cholesterol. The assumption is that high cholesterol levels can induce the formation of gallstones, but this is not always the case. There re many factors associated with the formation of gallstones and sometimes dieting alternated with periods of food binges can be as bad and a promotor of gallstones. ...Read more

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Are certain people more susceptible to gallbladder disease?

Are certain people more susceptible to gallbladder disease?

Yes: Gallbladder disease is more likely to occur in females, those over 40, women of childbearing age, pregnant women, and those who are overweight. ...Read more

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If you have gallbladder disease do they remove the entire gallbladder?

If you have gallbladder disease do they remove the entire gallbladder?

Yes: Surgery removes both the gallbladder and the gallstones. If the gallbladder was not removed, gallstones would grow back again. ...Read more

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Does gallbladder disease cause your skin to itch?

Does gallbladder disease cause your skin to itch?

Gallbladder: The gallbladder may cause pain on the right side of the chest (below ribs) & near right shoulder blade as well as symptoms like nausea/ vomiting, ^ gas & belching. If the liver is ill - itching may occur. ...Read more

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Is beer ok with gallbladder disease?

Is beer ok with gallbladder disease?

Depends: Depends on what "disease" you are speaking of. Small amount of alcohol in moderation as long as you have no liver disease and not taking medications, and as long as does not cause discomfort. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics help with gallbladder disease?

Can antibiotics help with gallbladder disease?

No: Antibiotics do not help with gallbladder disease except in the case of gallbladder infection, in which case they are only useful as an adjunct to surgery. ...Read more

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How? Does? Gallbladder disease affect the liver?

How? Does? Gallbladder disease affect the liver?

Indirectly: Gallstones may sometimes exit the gallbladder (gb) and get stuck within the bile ducts that connect the liver to the intestine. This may block the liver, leading to jaundice and infections (cholangitis). Furthermore, the gb is attached to the undersurface of the liver; if the gb is inflamed, the liver can secondarily become inflamed, transiently affecting liver function. ...Read more

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Is constipation a common sign gallbladder disease?

Is constipation a common sign gallbladder disease?

No: Gallbladder disease usually leads to loose stools, gas, and bloating. Other symptoms typically are nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Can gallbladder disease cause liver tests to go up?

Can gallbladder disease cause liver tests to go up?

Yes: Liver function tests include ast, alt, alkaline phosphotase (alkp), and bilirubin.Acute inflammation of the gallbladder can secondarily inflame the liver, typically causing a elevation of ast and alt. A stone in the common bile duct (cbd) may block the liver and lead to abnormalities of all these labs. If a stone is in the cbd, endoscopic removal (ERCP) is usually necessary, in addition to chole-x. ...Read more

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Am I more susceptible to gallbladder disease while pregnant?

Am I more susceptible to gallbladder disease while pregnant?

Yes: Pregnancy hormones slow how the bile passes through the gallbladder and increase your chances of both gallstones and gallbladder problems without stones. Diet won't really affect whether you have gallstones but avoiding fatty foods can decrease your symptoms if you do. ...Read more

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I contracted gallbladder disease, what are the available treatments?

Usually surgery: If you are an acceptable candidate for operation under general anesthesia. Oral dissolution of gallstones are generally unsuccessful and have side effects, so it is reserved for those who have unacceptably high surgical risks. Consult with a surgeon. ...Read more

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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


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more