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Can a person live without a pancreas? 

Can a person live without a pancreas? 

Yes: You can be alive even after your entire pancreas has been removed. However, you would have very difficult to control diabetes. Also you would have problems with digestion and be required to take enzyme suppliments. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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Without a spleen and gallbladder can i live a normal life?

Without a spleen and gallbladder can  i live a normal life?

See below: For the most part yes, except that you may have more loose stools and may have more infections. ...Read more

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Life without a spleen? Can a person live a normal life without a spleen?

Life without a spleen? Can a person live a normal life without a spleen?

For the most part: People without a spleen can lead a normal life. Be sure you are vaccinated against these bacteria: streptococcus pneumoniae, neisseria meningitidis, and haemophilus influenzae. People without spleens are at a increased risk severe infections. You should get yearly flu vaccine and your doctor may recommend a pneumonia vaccine. Discuss infection risks and surgical complication with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a person live with a ruptured spleen without seeking medical care?

If you have a : Ruptured spleen, successful non-operative treatment would depend on extent and location of the injury and on your age and co-morbid conditions. If you suspect a spleen injury, you must see a doctor, because you can die from it. ...Read more

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If more than half a million pple have their gallbladder removed anually in theu.S.What should be the total living population living without gb?.

If  more than half a million pple have their gallbladder removed anually in theu.S.What should be the total  living population living without gb?.

Gallbladder disease: Difficult to answer stated this way. Before dr. Evarts graham developed 1st diagnostic test for gallbladder dz, oral cholecystogram mid 1930's, gallbladder dz was on top 10 list for cause of death in U.S.A. Gallbladder dz remains on this list for several countries where gallbladder surgery is limited, but not in U.S.A. The gallbladder is not essential organ. Okay to have it removed when diseased. ...Read more

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Is it possible to live without a pancreas?

Is it possible to live without a pancreas?

Yes; diabetes: Yes, you can live without a pancreas. The pancreas makes insulin, so you would need to take Insulin for your diabetes. The pancreas makes digestive enzymes, so you may need to take pancreatic enzymes with your food. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for someone without a gallbladder?

What is the life expectancy for someone without a gallbladder?

No different: Should be no different. Gallbladder removal is one of the most commonly performed surgeries, and if no complications from surgery occur, life expectancy is unchanged. ...Read more

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If you have a poor functioning gallbladder, but no stones or gall sludge, is it possible in time for it to heal(become functional)with healthy living?

Biliary dyskinesia: This is the term often given for patients with recurrent right upper quadrant pain with no stones/sludge and low ejection(emptying) fraction of the gallbladder on HIDA scanning. Unfortunately besides cholecystectomy(removal of the gallbladder), there is no reliable alternative treatment. Even with cholecystectomy many patient still have symptoms! I do wish you luck. ...Read more

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Can you be a living pancreas donor?

Can you be a living pancreas donor?

Not Advised: There have been some done in the past, but it is not advised. It could create a diabetic state in the donor. Since diabetes is not immediately life threatening, and alternative treatments are available, the risk/benefit to the donor seems too high. ...Read more

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If a person has chirrosis of the liver how long could they live without a transplant?

If a person has chirrosis of the liver how long could  they live without a transplant?

Depends: Cirrhosis is an end stage result of liver disease caused by a number of things(alcohol, autoimmune, virus)in later stages one may experience yellowing of skin(jaundice), itching, easy bruising and in the final stages confusion. One can live quit a long time with cirrhosis as long as they avoid anything that may further harm the liver. Any of the above noted symptoms often mean months to weeks left. ...Read more

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Is it possible to live with a ruptured spleen without getting surgery?

Is it possible to live with a ruptured spleen without getting surgery?

Yes: It depends mainly on the degree of injury. Some minor spleen injuries or fractures do heal without surgery, especially in children. Deeper or more extensive spleen injures may not heal without surgery though. Also if excess bleeding occurs requiring too many blood transfusions, then surgery may also be necessary. ...Read more

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How can a liver be removed from a living donor?

By a surgeon: Transplant teams include surgeons with special training in this procedure. ...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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How long can a person with cirrohsis of the liver live without a transplant?

Depends: It depends on how severe the cirrhosis is. Some people never need a transplant and they live many years. Others will die within days if they don't have a transplant. It depends on how severe your cirrhosis is and how you and your doctor manage it. ...Read more

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Could a person survive without a colon?

Could a person survive without a colon?

Yes: Colon refers to the large intestine. There are conditions that lead to removal of all of the large intestine. It alters ones bowel movements. But...People survive fine without the large intestine. ...Read more

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Would a diagnosis of neurofibromatosis 1 be a disqualifier for being a living kidney donor?

Would a diagnosis of neurofibromatosis 1 be a disqualifier for being a living kidney donor?

No: As you are not transmitting genetic disease as in sperm donor , if you are healthy and your own health is not at risk , kidney donation is permissible ...Read more

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Can you survive without a liver?

Can you survive without a liver?

No.: The liver is a power house. Other functions include: it stores carbs, helps regulate blood sugar, amino acids, carbohydrates, and fats; metabolizes many drugs and hormones; produces blood clotting factors and plasma proteins; and makes bile for the digestion of fat. However, you can live with part of your liver removed; the organ will eventually regenerate and recover full function. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Pess
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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