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Is The Hida Scan A Reliable Test
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
In 2010 had hida scan results were 23%. In 2012 results were 50%. No pain during test but shortly after. Does gb get better or change from day to day.?
Can get better: The gallbladder can get better on its own, I've seen people with low gallbladder ejection fractions consistent with chronic cholecystitis get better without surgery. There also is a day-to-day variation in that it responds to recent meals, recent medications. Also, it is possible that the technique in 2010 was different than the technique in 2012. Timing of cck admin can greatly affect results. ...Read more
Liver functions: Your physician will need to make sure your liver and pancreas are working properly, specially if you are symptomatic. ...Read more
Had a HIDA scan and had nausea during the first injection and pain during the second. Failed test?
HIDA Scan: Although the results of a HIDA scan are usually expressed as a percentage ejection fraction of the gallbladder, having pain or nausea during the injections is sometimes a clue to gallbladder disease. You should speak with the doctor who ordered the test for further clarification. Good luck. ...Read more
HIDA scan done 7 days after sex- home preg test was negative day of and 2 days after scan. But what if to early for test to be positive? Worried
Can retest in 12days: A urine pregnancy test, done correctly, gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon, and thus lead to a repeat test. If a woman gets her normal regular period, then she is not pregnant, and a test is not needed. ...Read more
Had CCK HIDA scan today, diarreah and hour after test was done. Pain is worse since test. Any connection?
The stimulation of your gallbladder at the time of the sacn should be over but it is possible you are still experiencing the effects of the test one hour after and IF YOU "PASSED" a STONE at the time of the exam pain may be worse now!! Soud like you should check in with the person who ordered the scan and convey these symptoms to them
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I have had a ctscan. Hida scan and stress test all normal but still pain in middle chest. Right side. Is ef 89 normal for hida scan?
Hyperkinetic gb: 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 (above 80% ejection fraction) getting relief with removal of gb. More studies needed to convince most surgeons. ...Read more
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?
I have to have a HIDA scan with CCK and can't take my meds. Would weed affect the test? I don't smoke but I am afraid of the pain and nausea w/o meds.
Probably not, but…: The whole point of the test is to measure how well your gallbladder works when you are not on any medications or other substances. Because you don't know the effects of marihuana on your gallbladder, I would try to avoid this before the test so that you don't mess up the results of the HIDA scan. If you don't smoke marijuana now, this would not be a good time to start. Good luck. ...Read more
I had a Hida scan about three years ago. It showed my gallbladder was not working at all. The surgeon did not trust the test and felt it Wasn't my gallbladder. Can I have a gallbladder that doesn't work at all for over three years with only minor discomfo
Yes: Hida scan has a high false positive rate, and is often unreliable. Therefore, it should be viewed in the context of other findings like ultrasound, liver tests and physical exam. And yes you could have a nonfunctional gallbladder for long period of time with minor symptoms and possible future infection with acute cholecystitis. ...Read more
During a hida scan, what does it mean if you have severe pain under ribs during the injection on the last part of test?
Gallbladder disease: If the pain is below the right rib cage and they injected cck or cholecystokinin, the pain is likely related to gallbladder dysfunction. ...Read more
I had a hida scan done result ejection fraction of 35% I am diabetic pain is worse since test and blood sugars are high is this normal?
Borderline result: 35% gb ejection fraction in most labs is borderline normal. Your physician has to consider gb ejection fraction along with symptoms of biliary colic for proper therapy. Ingestion of food prior to study does affect result. Being diabetic I do not know how many hours fasting prior to test. Usually 6-8 hours. ...Read more
I've had severe allergic reactions to nuclear stress tests in the past (rashes), and I am scheduled to have a Hida Scan. Should I cancel it?
Gallstones, couple pain attacks, need HIDA scan. Prone to med allergies. How likely is allergy to HIDA injection and how badly will test hurt?
Not likely: It is highly unlikely to be allergic to the tracer. Pain, can’t say it will not hurt. Depends upon if the test includes gallbladder stimulation. That could illicit some pain. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Hida scan 53%/great deal pain nausea and gall bladder symptoms but tests normal? Gallbladder removal help?
Possibly: The symptoms you have are characteristic of problems with the biliary tree, but the area is more complex that just the gallbladder. However, the tests required to try to figure it out come with a certain amount of risk; often a higher risk profile than removing the gb first and eliminating this as a contributing factor. If the us was also normal, I would recommend an endoscopy before gb removal. ...Read more
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). ...Read more
Had blood tests, u/s, hida scan all done but not showing enough disease Drs say 2remove gallbladder now ordering MRI will that show enough to remove?
How can you test if gallbladder fluid is leaking into adbomen due to damaged bile ducts? HIDA scan?
Gallbladder leak: A hida scan would be an apporpriate test to evaluate for gallbladder leak ...Read more
I'm getting a hida scan today for gall bladder. Is this test safe? Will the meds they give u make me vomit or get nauseated?
Yes: Hida scan considered to be a safe procedure, the cck that they probably will give you may make you nauseous, but if they give it slowly probably won't. There is a small amount of radiation involved but the amount is considered to be in the very safe range. ...Read more
Had a hida scan with cck one week ago. Ejection fraction 15%. Developed itching under my skin since the test. Is this an allergic reaction?
Possible: Could be manafestation of biliary disease also. ...Read more
My son has severe ruq and weight loss. All tests and labs show normal. Hida scan was 91% ef. Gi won't remove gallbladder. How do I find one who will?
Gallbladder Disease: If the work up performed by your G.I. Does not show any evidence of gallbladder disease, then there really is no reason to remove the gallbladder. Maybe other causes of your sons symptoms should be explored. ...Read more