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Mildly Distended Gallbladder
Fasting?: It may just mean that it's full of bile. If you refrain from eating for the Ultrasound your gallbladder will fill with bile and become physiologically distended. That's normal. When you eat the GB contracts and pushes bile out into your intestines and therefore would physiologically empty.. ...Read more
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
As loaded barrel: Gall bladder contracts and empties the bile with fatty meal, physiological distended gb is filled to the capacity, ready to empty after meal results in partially distended half filled gb. Distends in disease also as stone blocks cystic duct (hydrops) or tumor in head of pancreas. ...Read more
My friend had an ultrasound the other day and on the notes they have put that his gallbladder was not well distended, what does this mean?
Had he eaten.: For an ultrasound of the gallbladder to be diagnostically useful one has to fast for at least six hours before the test. If he had eaten within that time frame, the gallbladder may have not been well distended. ...Read more
Distention: A distended gallbladder without gallstones could be a normal variant or could be due to an obstruction in the biliary tract distally, however that would also cause other related symptoms. ...Read more
Could you please help me find an answer! What would cause a distended gallbladder without gallstones?
Could be normal: Fasting can cause the gallbladder to be distended when examined by ultrasound. A stone too small to see at the gallbladder neck can do this as well as a stone in the common bile duct. Narrowing of the bile duct where it empties into the duodenum by stricture or tumor can do this as well as pancreatic cancer. ...Read more
If an ultrasound test result says " the gallbladder is physiologically distended " what does it mean?
Likely normal: That ultrasound reading may be a normal finding. If symptoms of gallbladder disease persist, further testing may be helpful. A nuclear cholangiogram can sometimes show if the gallbladder is emptying properly, or if it has signs of obstruction that are not clear on the ultrasound. ...Read more
Refer to ultra sound report. Gallbladder is well distended, walls appear normal, multiple samall calculi seen lumen pls advice?
Depends....: These are gallstones. About 20% of people have gallstones, but only 20% of people have problems (pain) with gallstones. If you have been having right upper abdominal pain and you have gallstones on the ultrasound it may be an indication to remove the gallbladder. You should see a General Surgeon to confirm. ...Read more
Ultrasound showed poorly distended gallbladder & hida scan showed 0%EF. What does this mean? . food causes slight pain. Will I need surgery?
Gallbladder problem: Your studies and your symptoms show that your gallbladder is not working well. In addition to the risk of having attacks of pain, there is a risk of more serious infection of the gallbladder (acute cholecystitis). Surgery to remove the gallbladder now is optional, but it's much easier and lower risk to remove it now, compared to after it turns into a bigger problem. ...Read more
Hi I have acid reflux and mildly inflamed esophagus and I might have to get my gallbladder out. If I get it out will the pain be worse or will it help?
I heard docs say "gallbladder is distended multiple calcified gallstones seen". What does that mean?
If you: Have symptoms, sounds like you need a cholecystectomy. Consult a surgeon for recommendation. ...Read more
I had my gallbladder removed. It wasn't working and had stones. After surgery surgeon said it was distended and removal was best. What does that mean?
Distended: That means That the gallbladder had become stretched out - possibly because it was filled with stones or sludgy material. ...Read more
My diagnosis was: gallbladder is partially distended, showing two echogenic foci, not casting posterior acoustic shadowing, measuring 3.0 mm.
Polyp or cholesterol: Gall stones cast acoustic shadows, with out as you describing, may be polyps, which have high incidence of malignant transformation in a large polyp, or cholesterol deposits, causes severe cholecystitis. As in strawberry gb either way in a symptomatic case surgery advised please speak to your doctor. ...Read more
I have itching @ distended abdomen. Started about a week ago with the itching @ distention started yesterday. Had gallbladder out in sept of 2012.
My wife is diagnosed with distended gallbladder and having inflated, tight lower abdomen and sometimes having pain also especially in the evening.?
Several reasons: Distension of gall bladder usually diagnosed by ultrasound. Distended gall bladder may mean abnormality, but often is related to how long patient fasted before the study. The longer the fast the more distended the gall bladder. Food ingestion causes gb to contract. If symptomatic hida study would determine gall bladder function. Physician has to correlate blood tests and imaging for proper diagnosis. ...Read more
Have a distended gallbladder with no stones. Also have a lot of gas in abdomen. Is it related and what is treatment for distended gallbladder?
IT DEPENDS: Not all diseased gallbladders have stones. About 10% of gallbladders removed, due to symptoms, have no stones. They just fail to empty appropriately, leading to pain, bloating, increased gas, and nausea. A functional test (hida scan) of the gallbladder can be ordered, and if the gallbladder is not emptying appropriately, removal will usually improve symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more
DX reports that my gallbladder is partially distended without surrounding inflammation or internal calcification. Been having pain in upper abdomen.
Latest abdominal ultrasound reveals well distended gallbladder, fatty liver, mild gallbladder wall thickening. But lft normal. No pain. What can this mean?
Why did you get US?:
If lfts are normal, and no pain, why get us?
Fatty liver means more fat stored in liver than normal, usually due to metabolic reasons - overweight, diabetes, alcohol overuse/abuse.
Gallbladder wall thickening is a weak sign of gallbladder disease in people with pain or tenderness - in this case it probably means the gallbladder could distend even more than it was. ...Read more
MRI end aug showed gallstones in gallbladder neck, now recent MRI shows distended Gallbladder. 13 yr Son is also on tpn, emesis daily...meaning?
Distended GB: Is normal if he is not eating anything by mouth. The emesis could be from multiple things, since I am assuming there are other health issues given he is on TPN daily? However, GB trouble can cause emesis, although usually the main symptoms are right upper quadrant abd pain after meals, nausea, bloating, indigestion. He needs further workup. Good luck! ...Read more
My abdominal ultrasound result reveals gallbladder is distended and demonstrates multiple mucosal polyps, size 4.5.No calculus. What do I do please?
Gallbladder: It's unlikely you had an ultrasound without some complaint. Gallbladder polyps are generally cholesterol polyps and have minimal risk unless they are larger than 1 cm or enlarging quickly. If you are having classic gallbladder symptoms, gall bladder removal may be indicated. ...Read more
What does moderately fluid distended gallbladder mean? Noted on abdominal MRI, common bile duct diameter at 6mm. & I have alot of abdominal symptoms.
As an isolated: Finding it is of uncertain significance, it may mean nothing. It has to be interpreted in the context of your entire clinical picture, i.e. does your doctor suspect gallbladder dysfunction or biliary problem. Likewise, a 6mm common bile duct is borderline abnormal. If you have no signs, symptoms, or lab values suggesting biliary obstruction, it may be normal for you. ...Read more
Had gallbladder out 8 months ago. Is it normal to still have nausea, sometimes tight and distended stomach after surgery? How long does it take to heal
Probably: It depends on your symptoms. If you are not having any pain, nausea or vomiting, the distention is likely not a problem. It can be a subjective call by the radiologist. If you are having one or more of those symptoms, the distention may be relevant, and your doctor would take that into account. ...Read more
Could a form of gallbladder disease cause abdominal pain, fatigue, and being lightheaded. Also could it cause ALT enzyme levels to be mildly elevated?
Yes, but so could...: ...lot's of things that inflame liver cells, as is indicated by elevation in serum transaminases (ast and/or alt). Hepatitis can be caused by a variety of issues (infectious, ischemic, metabolic, toxic, infiltrative, alcohol-related, drugs, etc.). You could even have mononucleosis. So what tests have been done & what has been ruled out? ...Read more
MRCP shows a distended gallbladder, numerous calculi, common bile duct up to 0.6cm, no evidence of choledocholithiasis, abdominal pain 2 mo. Surgery?
My doctor said that I have a distended gallbladder. I had a ct scan and ultrasound. Does this mean that I have gallstones? I have some shoulder pain
Persistent nausea vomiting and abdominal pain. CT had moderately distended stomach and gallbladder. Why would ER dr not think this was related?
Cause and effect: Distended gallbladder and stomach may be a consequence of a viral gastroenteritis, but not necessarily a cause. Not eating for example can lead to a does tended be gallbladder. Stomach distension can be from reverse flow of intestinal contents from an infection. Make sure to stay hydrated, and follow up with your primary care provider to go over the results of the ct scan. Hope this helps! ...Read more
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