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Is 2cm big for a gallstone?

Is 2cm big for a gallstone?

Yes, I would: Say it is on larger side. But small stones can cause problems just as much as large stones. If you are having symptoms of gallbladder disease, you should have cholecystectomy, ask your surgeon for specific recommendation. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gallstones (Definition)

Stone-like deposits of bile in the gallbladder that are made from accumulation of cholesterol or bilirubin. Most gallstones are asymptomatic, however complications of gallstones include inflammation of the gallbladder, and blockage of ...Read more


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I have a single 5ml gallstone is that big?

I have a single 5ml gallstone is that big?

Size doesn't count: A 5mm stone is not big, but can cause problems at any size. If you have upper abdominal pain after eating, especially with fatty foods, see your doctor and ask if you need a referral to a surgeon for gallbladder removal - it's the only treatment for symptomatic gallstones. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are common complications of gallstones?

What are common complications of gallstones?

Many: Most often it is recurrent pain esp after fatty foods. Others include acute cholesystitis (stone lodged in cystic duct), pancreatitis (stone lodged in common bile duct blocking the pancreatic duct), turning yellow, infection in bile duct (can be life threatening) etch. Having said that, most people do not have any symptoms even if they have gallstones! ...Read more

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I have gallstones that are 2.2 mm are those big?

I have gallstones that are 2.2 mm are those big?

No: But could give trouble, besides gall bladder attach, small stones could move into bile ducts, could cause pancreatitis, in some may not bother good luck. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms for gallstones?

What are the most common symptoms for gallstones?

Right upper abd Pain: Gallstones can be asymptomatic for years and require no therapy. If symptomatic you may experience characteristic symptom of intense pain in the upper right side of the abdomen, often accompanied by nausea and vomiting, and possibly referred pain in between shoulder blades or below right shoulder. If gallstones are symptomatic you may need to remove your gallbladder surgically (cholecystectomy). ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of gallstones or sludge?

What are the common symptoms of gallstones or sludge?

Gallstones are: Precipitants that form when the bile is supersaturated. It can form from any combination of cholesterol, bilirubinate, lecithin, and bile salts. It can cause biliary colic or acute cholecystitis. Classic symptoms are right upper quadrant postprandial pain with radiation to tip of scapula. But they can cause other symptoms too, so check with your doctor, he'll get tests to find out for sure. ...Read more

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What is it take to dissolving large gallstones naturally?

What is it take to dissolving large gallstones naturally?

Nothing: There is not medicine to dissolve gallstones naturally. In fact, if there were such a medicine, I would be cautious in its use, as breaking up a stone makes it easier for the stone to pass into the biliary system potentially causing obstruction or pancreatitis. ...Read more

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Will my symptomatic 7.8cm gallstone get any larger? Thank you

Will my symptomatic 7.8cm gallstone get any larger? Thank you

Big Gallstone: Likely yes if you are prone to high triglycerides and cholesterol. A stone that size might have to be taken out "the old fashioned way", or one of the incisions extended when trying to grab the gallbladder. I've seen one as big as a golfball, tough to get out through a tiny hole! If you are symptomatic, I'd get it out ASAP before it gets any bigger! Good luck! I only had sludge-thought I was dying ...Read more

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How fast can gallstones grow? Is it possible for them to get a lot bigger or grow to a large size within a month or two?

How fast can gallstones grow? Is it possible for them to get a lot bigger or grow to a large size within a month or two?

Not likely that: Gallstones grow rapidly within a month or two. Size of stones is not as important as the symptoms they cause, however. Multiple small stones can sometimes cause more problems than single larger stone. ...Read more

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How can you remove a very large gallstone without surgery?

How can you remove a very large gallstone without surgery?

None: Best way would be surgery with laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Large gallstones do not tend to dissolve with medications. ...Read more

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I have a big gallstone. Will it increase in size. If so, how much?

Get it out: If you are having symptoms from your gallstone, you should have the gallbladder removed. The stone will not get smaller, it will likely get larger and as it grows, it can lead to significant problems, including pressure necrosis of the gallbladder. At your age, while you are still relatively healthy, the removal can usually be done laparoscopically, with relatively quick recovery ...Read more

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I have a large symptomatic gallstone, does that mean my gallbladder is not healthy?

Most likely: If you are symptomatic and surgeon thinks from GB then it likely needs to come out. He/she may do a HIDA scan to confirm that it is unhealthy. Asymptomatic cholelithiasis with normal labs can wait to be removed as not urgent. The goal is to fix the problem causing you pain and sometimes a gallstone isn't the thing causing the pain. Talk with your physician/surgeon about it. ...Read more

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I have a large symptomatic gallstone. Will I still need to have a HIDA scan as well?

I have a large symptomatic gallstone. Will I still need to have a HIDA scan as well?

Usually: HIDA scan will determine function of gall bladder. If ejection fraction is decreased and and symptoms occur during test. This adds evidence for cholecystectomy reaffirming that the gall bladder is cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have my large 2.8cm gallstone removed without taking gallbladder out?

Is it possible to have my large 2.8cm gallstone removed without taking gallbladder out?

Well...: It is possible, and no reasonable physician would do it.
See, the problem is not just having gallstones, but the gallbladder and bile allow the formation of these... so it is likely you would produce many more...
The solution in a symptomatic patient is to remove the gallbladder. That is where the problem lies, and if it gets inflamed the surgery is urgent. ...Read more

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If my gallstones are 2.2 mm big can they give me any medication. To break them without surgery.

If my gallstones are 2.2 mm big can they give me any medication. To break them without surgery.

Temporary RX: Dissolution rx can be effective for small, non-calcified stones. However, the medication (urso) is poorly tolerated. Moreover, the gallstones will return within a few years after stopping the medication. Therefore, surgical removal of the "gallstone factory" remains the gold standard. ...Read more

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I have gallstones but only have gotten about 2 big pains with it. Is it dangerous? Do I have to get them removed?

It is recommended: You don't have to get your gallbladder removed, however after experiencing one attack of gallbladder pain the likelihood of experiencing repeat attacks increases. Therefore it is recommended to have your gallbladder removed after your first attack. The risks associated with elective gallbladder surgery are less than those of the possible complications associated with severe gallbladder disease. ...Read more

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I have gallstones, largest is 4cm, will it continue to grow while I wait on surgery? Is it still possible to do surgery with keyhole when it is this big

Yes and Yes: All stones enlarge slowly, a few weeks won't make any difference.
The diameter is irrelevant due to the methods used for removal by crushing the stone inside the gall bladder upon removal ...Read more

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There is a lesion my pancreas found during sono of abdomen. I have large 3.6cm gallstone. Is this related?

There is a lesion my pancreas found during sono of abdomen. I have large 3.6cm gallstone. Is this related?

May not be related: Any lesion on pancreas needs serious investigation, speak to your doctor will do additional test to find the nature of that lesion. ...Read more

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I have a large gallstone, but only seem to get pain in the night & not in the day after eating. Could it be something else?

I have a large gallstone, but only seem to get pain in the night & not in the day after eating. Could it be something else?

Yes: Pain associated with gallstones, termed biliary colic, is most typically in the upper right side of the abdomen and usually occurs after eating (fatty meals are most pronounced). This is because the gallbladder contracts in response to a meal in order to empty it's contents into the bowel to aid in digestion. Gallstones can intermittently obstruct this emptying. ...Read more

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My doctor confirmed with ultrasound I have one large gallstone in my gallbladder. Is my only option to have my gallbladder removed? Attacks nightly

My doctor confirmed with ultrasound I have one large gallstone in my gallbladder. Is my only option to have my gallbladder removed? Attacks nightly

Yes: Dear Sam,

Gallstones is a common condition and is cured by removing the gallbladder. Your symptoms can continue to reoccur unless the gallbladder is removed. Thankfully the gallbladder is not a vital organ and people live a normal life without one. Avoiding fatty foods can also help reduce the symptoms of gallbladder pain as these foods stimulate the gallbladder. ...Read more

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I had my gallbladder out five months ago due to gallstone pancreatitis. I am having ongoing pain and digestive problems, is this common?

I had my gallbladder out five months ago due to gallstone pancreatitis. I am having ongoing pain and digestive problems, is this common?

Some times yes: Go for follow up visit, and talk to the surgeon will evaluate, order tests, like sono, mrcp or ercop (to evaluate the biliary ducts) to see you have any gravel or small stone (s) in bile duct, a possibility. ...Read more

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Is frequent nausea common with gallstones? Especially in the morning, evening and after I eat or drink something. It's more like queasiness.

Yes: Often, gallstones don't give specific "symptoms". Many people may experience bloating, dyspepsia, nausea, "heartburn", or other non-specific abdominal complaints. An abdominal ultrasound is the best initial study for diagnosis. ...Read more

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I'm diagnosed with gallblader gallstone - its large one 12mm. Doctor advised to remove gallbladder. Is it safe? I have only had one pain attack so far

I'm diagnosed with gallblader gallstone - its large one 12mm. Doctor advised to remove gallbladder. Is it safe? I have only had one pain attack so far

Follow Dr advice: Your DR knows your medical history and is making the best recommendation with this in hand.

You must be in good health for this recommendation to have been made.

The stone will not "go away" on its own, the only solution is to remove it. ...Read more

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Ultrasound results: large gallstone present in neck of gallbladder and tumefactive sludge. What is meaning?

Ultrasound results: large gallstone present in neck of gallbladder and tumefactive sludge. What is meaning?

See below: It means a gallstone is stuck in the neck of the gallbladder and preventing biles from leaving the gallbladder, causing the biles to clump up into debris, instead of being bile fluid. I would recommend talking to your physician regarding appropriate management. ...Read more

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A catscan was done in er. I have. Big amount of gallstones. I'm staying nauseated daily no health insurance what can I take to go back to a job?

A catscan was done in er. I have. Big amount of gallstones. I'm staying nauseated daily no health insurance what can I take to go back to a job?

Gallbladder removal: You should strongly entertain having your gallbladder removed. In terms of total health expenditures when comparing long term medical management/time off work, surgery is most cost-effective. Many hospitals and surgeons have programs for indigent care. Also with the affordable care act (aca--obamacare), many more will be able to achieve medicaid for payment. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with gastritis, and have a large gallstone, how do you know which one is bothering you? Pains right side, and back, burping, and bloating

Diagnosed with gastritis, and have a large gallstone, how do you know which one is bothering you? Pains right side, and back, burping, and bloating

SoundsLikeGallbladdr: The location and description of your pain sounds like it is secondary to gallbladder disease. These attacks typically occur after eating (esp. Fatty foods), last for an hour or more, are assc. W/nausea +/- vomiting, and may radiate into the back. Gastritis is an almost-universal finding at upper endoscopy; if it caused any symptoms, I would expect burning discomfort relieved by eating. ...Read more

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Does Biliary Dykskinesia typically cause gallstones and/or increase in sludge? If so, how often do stones/sludge get stuck in the common bile duct?

Does Biliary Dykskinesia typically cause gallstones and/or increase in sludge? If so, how often do stones/sludge get stuck in the common bile duct?

Colicky pain: Gallstones/sludge cause symptoms referred to as biliary dyskinesia (not the other way around). Large stones can get stuck in the common bile duct but that usually causes severe pain and sometimes jaundice. Dyskinesia is pain that comes and goes, especially triggered by fatty food. The symptoms can be controlled with diet for a while but the best treatment is gallbladder removal. ...Read more