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Can a pancreatic mass cause inflammation in the gallbladder without affecting the liver until a later stage?

Can a pancreatic mass cause inflammation in the gallbladder without affecting the liver until a later stage?

Not likely.: Pancreatic mass can cause jaundice along with elevated liver function tests when it obstructs the common duct. Inflammation in the gallbladder is usually caused by gallstones. Acalculous cholecystitis can occur, but it is rare. ...Read more

Dr. Ravi Chand
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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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Evry year more than half a million pple undergo gllbladder surgery in usa.So how many people of total population r living lives without a gallbladder?

Evry year more than half a million pple undergo gllbladder surgery in usa.So how many people of total population r living lives without a gallbladder?

Don't know: Who would keep track of those statistics. Many millions living in us that have had gallbladder surgery i would guess. As about 8-10% of people in us get gallstones & the us poultation is 313 million, so some number less than 30 million may be expected purely by calculation. ...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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What are the risks of living with gallbladder disease?

What are the risks of living with gallbladder disease?

Pain, Complications: Pain is usually due to transient obstruction of the gallbladder, called biliary colic or chronic cholecystitis. If the blockage persists, acute inflammation may occur necessitating urgent surgery. Some people may pass a stone into the common bile duct; this can lead to serious bile duct infections (cholangitis) or pancreatitis. In general, the benefits of elective surgery outweigh the risks. ...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?

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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Don't I need my gallbladder?

Don't I need my gallbladder?

No.: Since the gallbladder's function is mainly one of storage, it is not a necessary organ. Your life will go on normally without your gallbladder. ...Read more

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How heavy is the gallbladder?

See below: A normal gallbladder is about 3 to 4 inches long and about 1.5 to 2 inches wide. Normal capacity is up to 100 cc of bile so it is very light in weight. ...Read more

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Where does the gallbladder hurt?

Where does the gallbladder hurt?

Typically people: feel pain in the right upper quadrant area of the stomach which can radiate to the back or flank and sometimes also in the mid-upper stomach or epigastric area. That is the classic distribution, sometimes people can feel a band-like pain across the upper abdomen. See a surgeon to be fully evaluated, which might include an ultrasound. Good luck! ...Read more

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What side is the gallbladder on?

What side is the gallbladder on?

Right: The gallbladder lies underneath the liver and is usually on the right side. Since the liver can have anomalies to it, the gb can lie more in the midline in some patients, making symptoms of gb disease overlap with symptoms of heartburn. ...Read more

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What causes gallbladder attacks?

What causes gallbladder attacks?

Short answer: Is: gallstones cause gallbladder attacks. Usually, a stone, which the gallbladder forms, gets stuck at its neck and causes a blockage against bile emptying. The neck is where the gallbladder narrows down to form the cystic duct, which in turn joins the common duct. When the gallbladder contracts against the obstruction caused by stone in the neck, it causes pain, which is the attack. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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


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