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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

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...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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Pain upper right under ribs, and a knott, fatty liver disease, can gallbladder rupture, all test clear,

Pain upper right under ribs, and a knott, fatty liver disease, can gallbladder rupture, all test clear,

YES: Untreated acute cholecystis with impacted stone at cystic duct can rupture occasionally , will have severe pain, temp, signs of peritonitis tests will not be normal , WBC liver function tests will be abnormal .. Hope this what you are asking. ...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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What causes liver and gallbladder dialations?

Not sure..: If i fully understand your question. Dilation of bile ducts in the liver can be from gallstones or a bile duct blockage, and that same blockage could also cause distension of the gallbladder. Needs evaluation with blood tests and maybe ERCP or mri. A gastroenterologist may help with an evaluation. ...Read more

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What can I eat while having liver and gallbladder pain?

What can I eat while having liver and gallbladder pain?

Nothing fatty: You want to avoid greasy, fried, fatty meals. Usually if you stick to a bland diet you will have less pain, but it may not be possible to completely avoid the pain. ...Read more

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Will taking essentiale forte after a fatty meal aid in digestion nd counteract the effects the fatty meal has on the liver and gallbladder?

Will taking essentiale forte after a fatty meal aid in digestion nd counteract the effects the fatty meal has on the liver and gallbladder?

No.: The fatty foods will still trigger your gall bladder! the medicine itself can trigger the gall bladder. A healthy diet is required to reap maximum benefit from essentiale forte. Do you have hepatitis? If so, your life is on the line, do what your doctor says! ...Read more

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What are the risks if my fetus has an enlarged stomach, liver, and gallbladder?

What are the risks if my fetus has an enlarged stomach, liver, and gallbladder?

Are you pregnant?: Are you pregnant, and have had the fetus checked? Does your fetus have organ enlargement, or is this a hypothetical question? Are you at risk for fetal anomalies due to family history or prior experience? Happy to help, or refer your question, with a little more information. ...Read more

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Severe pain under rib cage on both sides, gradually getting worse.Had bloodwork done on liver and gallbladder. But came back fine?

Severe pain under rib cage on both sides, gradually getting worse.Had bloodwork done on liver and gallbladder. But came back fine?

First tests are okay: Your doc is in the process of evaluating you as an outpatient. With the first tests being normal, your doc will likely get additional tests like a gallbladder ultrasound, egd, ct scan. Stay with your doc and eventually you will get a diagnosis. Be well. ...Read more

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AST is 284 and ALT is 178 but ultrasound of liver and gallbladder came back normal. since ultrasound is normal does that mean the #s aren't concerning?

AST is 284 and ALT is 178 but ultrasound of liver and gallbladder came back normal. since ultrasound is normal does that mean the #s aren't concerning?

Not necessarily: You have mildly elevated liver enzymes with no apparent structural changes. The workup should continue with thorough review of your diet, etoh, supplements, comorbidities and OTC/ prescribed meds. Also a hepatitis panel should help in finding the reason for your mildly elevated liver enzymes. Ultimately repeating your liver function test in couple of weeks should help in understanding the dynamics ...Read more

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Are chest x-ray's reliable for any abnormalities? And do they show liver and gallbladder? Upper right side pain for months afta quit drinking. Thx

Are chest x-ray's reliable for any abnormalities? And do they show liver and gallbladder? Upper right side pain for months afta quit drinking. Thx

Good for the chest: A chest X-ray is used to access the lungs to look for things like pneumonia and pleural effusions. It also allows for some evaluation of the heart and bony structures in the chest. Chest X-rays do not show the lover and gallbladder. In order to image the liver and gallbladder well, a study such as an ultrasound, a CT, or an MRI would need to be performed. ...Read more

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If a ultrasound blood tests and CT scans of the liver and gallbladder are normal can there still be problems with the liver or gallbladder?

If a ultrasound blood tests and CT scans of the liver and gallbladder are normal can there still be problems with the liver or gallbladder?

May be...: Fact: despite medical advance, all care is still based on indrect evidence resulting from continual collection and analysis from available experience so we apply current knowledge, skill, technology, drug, common sense, and wisdom at reasonable time in reasonable way to reasonable patient hoping to optimize self-healing process for optimal functional recovery with patient's residual strength. ...Read more

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I have mild fatty liver and gallbladder polyps my bloodwork now shows AST 34 and ALT 28 GGT 9 I am scared alk phispate 59 do I have cirrhosis 8 weeks ago AST 13 ALT 10?

I have mild fatty liver and gallbladder polyps my bloodwork now shows AST 34 and ALT 28 GGT 9 I am scared  alk phispate 59 do I have cirrhosis 8 weeks ago AST 13 ALT 10?

Doesn't sound likeit: Very unlikely that you have chronic liver disease, based on the info provided. Your tests are minimally abnormal at most. Fatty liver can cause these. Check with your doc re: tests for abnormal liver chems, especially if longer than 6 months. ...Read more

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Really pale tan stools that are near a type 6 in bristol chart. Blood work normal for pancreas, liver and gallbladder. fatigue. No pains, no fevers. ?

Really pale tan stools that are near a type 6 in bristol chart. Blood work normal for pancreas, liver and gallbladder. fatigue. No pains, no fevers. ?

Tan stools: Tan colored stools are also seen with rapid transit through the intestinal tract as seen in irritable bowel syndrome, certain food intolerance such as gluten or lactose,prediarrhea states seen in viral intestinal infections as well as other malabsorption conditions. A gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate you and order appropriate stool analysis or other testing. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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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


Dr. Michael Gabor
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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