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Multiple Calcified Gallstones
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
Had Hida scan for gallstones & months later multiple mammos for stereotactic biopsy (calcification-benign)-dangers to all this radiation?
The danger is tiny:
The risk of induced cancer from a HIDA scan and dozens of mammogram images is incredibly small. In fact, some would claim the risk could barely be calculated reliably. See: http://www. Riainvision. Com/exams/hida_scan. Aspx Note, we all get x ray radiation naturally every day.
There is real risk with repeated studies such as CT scans. For instance, one CT study of the chest equals 100 chest x rays. ...Read more
I have a small kidney stone, CT showed liver calcification on right horn, and gallstones, my colesestal has also recently rose very high from last yr?
See a doctor: Have your elevated cholesterol treated medically. Kidney stones are not related to cholesterol. Liver calcification is not related to cholesterol ; is observed unless it is associated with a mass lesion. Gallstones may be related to your cholesterol but they will not go away. Gallstones are observed unless they are causing abdominal pressure discomfort ; nausea after eating - then surgery. ...Read more
No: No difference. If they cause symptoms the gallbladder should come out. ...Read more
Found out I have gallstones. What does this mean? Is this the reason for some nasty chest pain I've had time to time? They said they're not calcified
Here are some...: It would be most logical to refer this Q to the doc ordering the tests since s/he possesses more of your pertinent medical information than anyone online. Such finding is usually an incidental find at testing for other reasons, and likely represents the presence of concentrated bile-containing slush, which is more commonly seen in overweight person. More? Ask doc timely. ...Read more
That is the: Normal appearance of the fasting gallbladder, as long as it is not enlarged. ...Read more
My mom had CT scan showed calcification focus within gallbladder the doctor said its not gall stone. Are they thinking this is cancer? Has to haveu/s
Making sure its not:
The calcification, if not a mobile stone, may represent mural calcification (gallbladder wall calcification), porcelain gallbladder, rare condition believed to be caused by chronic cholecystitis (exact cause is unclear).
In these patients a prophylactic cholecystectomy has been advocated due to association with gallbladder cancer, although the association with gb cancer appears to be weak (~1-5%). ...Read more
Recent cat scan showed calcification on head of pancreatitis had gall stones gb removed in April should I be concerned do not drink?
Best to be moderate: In your alcohol consumption. The CT suggests that your pancreas has some scarring, or is in the process of healing from, pancreatitis. That might have been from the gallstones you've had removed, or it could be from excessive alcohol consumption or high cholesterol, to name a few. As your pancreas is healing it is best to avoid alcohol to avoid re-injury. ...Read more
DX reports that my gallbladder is partially distended without surrounding inflammation or internal calcification. Been having pain in upper abdomen.
Well circumscribed hypoechoic 4.8 cm cystic mass. Thickened internal septations, perifpheral mural nodularity and calcification. Pain upper abdomen.
Ovarian: I assume the report is describing an ovarian cyst which may be fluid filled. If so, your gynecologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you. It is not clear if this is the cause of your abdominal discomfort since the discomfort is not in the pelvic area. Other imaging studies may be recommended. ...Read more
Your salt craving is not connected to your gallstones in either "direction"
Hope this is helpful!
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Chemical imbalance: Gallstones are made of cholesterol, bile acids and bilirubin. If there is an imbalance in these, it can predispose to certain types of gallstones. Obesity can be linked to elevated cholesterol and predispose to cholesterol stones, which make up about 80% of gallstones in the us. Red cell breakdown, from anemias can predispose to pigmented gallstones. ...Read more
If you have pain in your upper right corner of your belly and have gallstones then you would need surgery.
It is done laparoscopically and is commonly known as lap chole or laparoscopic cholecystectomy. It is an in and out operation that you have at the hospital or a surgery center. Some less skilled surgeons still do it open occasionally. ...Read more
Are the chances of getting appendicitis very high in a lifetime? Or Gallstones? Like is it an everyday occurance? I'm a 25 year old male.
I'm 23, will I be able to live til I'm an old lady with my multiple small gallstones without ever needing surgery, if they don't cause me pain now?
Not necessarily: You may never have symptoms but they may eventually cause problems. ...Read more
Had a recent us found a gallstone 8.6mm x 5.4mm. I'm symptomatic, I've read that post-choly, most patients still experience pain. Any truth to this?
Postop, not GB pain:
Cholecystectomy is surgery, whether laparoscopic (belly button) or open (traditional). There will likely be post op pain (usually less and for a shorter period of time if laparoscopic).
If your pain was gb pain (right upper quad/or mid below ribcage, maybe into back, often with vomiting, confirmed with us findings, e.g. Thickened gb wall, edema, fluid around gb, then surgery should resolve issue. ...Read more
Not usually: Many will have gallstones and have no abdominal symptoms. Rarely serious issues will occur such as pancreatitis or bile duct obstruction with jaundice. Usually it is an elective option for laparoscopic surgery to remove the gallbladder if you are having abdominal symptoms from gallstones. ...Read more
Gallstones or not:
Its not a guessing game
if the ultrasound shows gallstones then you have them and pain after a fatty meal is fairly common if you are having gallstone related pain
if the ultrasound did not show gallstones then it is something else, possibly acid related. ...Read more
I've been recently diagnose with having gallstones. I've been having problems with them over the last couples of weeks. I'm trying to find cheap aff?
I'm 32. This year I was diagnosed with gallstones, the largest is 2 cm. Gallbladder wall normal. Should I have my gallbladder removed?
Not yet: Many people have gallstones and have no symptoms, these people require no intervention. Others who have abdominal attacks that increase in frequency and intensity, will cause a more urgent evaluation by surgery. if pain is severe persistent or associated with fever surgery becomes more emergent. ...Read more
I was recently diagnosed with gallstones. I'm trying to come up with cheap affordable meals? Is spaghetti safe? Home made vegetable soup?
In order to avoid: Gallbladder attack as best as possible your diet should be low in fat. Any food, as long as it is low in fat content should be equivalent. But this is a temporary solution. If you are having symptoms, and you have no other medical problems, your doctor will probably recommend cholecystectomy. ...Read more
I feel like there is a bubble or something stuck under left ribcage... Only when I'm anxious. What could this be? Also I have gallstones 24 female
Hard to say: Is it in the front, side, back? Related to your breast? Under your armpit? It's probably nothing worrisome, but I'd go to your primary care physician to get it checked out. ...Read more
I m suffering from chronic calcific pancreatitis with secondary diabetes and my medical test report showed microalbumin level of 117mg/l. Please help.
117: Not too bad but with your concern have your primary doctor refer you to a nephrologists for exam and advice. ...Read more
Highly Unlikely: Most people with gallbladder disease are troubled by transient episodes of pain, often after eating (biliary colic). If the gb is obstructed by a stone, inflammation can develop, but it rarely leads to an infection. If a stone exits the gb, it can block the: liver, potentially leading to serious liver infections (cholangitis), or the pancreas, leading to pancreatitis; very rarely, this is fatal. ...Read more
Gallstones: Gallstones are made of various crystal that grow into stones in the gallbladder. They can be from bile (bilirubin) or cholesterol origin. They grow in the gallbladder, may be present without any symptoms, or may cause upper abdominal pressure, bloating, discomfort, nausea, or vomiting. Often eating fatty foods may aggravate the discomfort from gallstones. ...Read more
Imbalance: Chemical imbalance inside the gallbladder with crystals that form from either bile salts or cholesterol, these grow into gallstones. More common in females and can also be hereditary in some native populations. Some theories of hormonal changes, gallbladder wall dysfunction, cholesterol imbalance, etc, etc. ...Read more
Depends: Leave them alone & observe if you are having no abdominal symptoms of discomfort, nausea or vomiting. Laparoscopic surgery is a common means to remove gallbladder and gallstones if they are causing an illness or problem. Medication may dissolve non-calcified gallstones but may take years. ...Read more
Pain with fatty food: Many patients report sharp right upper abdominal pain following a rich meal that can "wrap around" the right side with occasional pain between shoulder blades. More severe attack can cause your urine to turn dark and give you pale color loose bm. If you don't get treated in time, your eyes may turn yellow, run a fever and really get into a bad shape... Get checked, don't take a chance. ...Read more
Yes: Gallstones can cause pain when the GB attempts to contract to empty the bile it stores that the liver makes. The GB squeezes in response to a fatty meal to help digest your food. If you are having right upper quadrant pain especially after meals, see a surgeon to get evaluated. You may need surgery. Good luck! ...Read more
Sludge v. Stones: The preferred mode of identification of gallstones is ultrasound; stones typically are solid and cast a shadow on ultrasound. Some stones are too small to cast a shadow or may represent "sludge" within the gallbladder. When I see this result on ultrasound, it tells me that there may not be stones; therefore, I would only recommend surgery if the rest of the clinical picture was crystal-clear. ...Read more
1: Most people with gall stones have no symptoms at all- talk about typical. When they cause symptoms it can be pain on right side of abdomen, upper middle abdomen or chest usually worse after food. If acute infection - choleystitis sets in, one may have fever chills and severe right upper abdominal pain. ...Read more
May be none: Gallstones may be present for years and never cause symptoms. The gall bladder is a storage compartment for bile. The gall bladder is signaled to contract after a fat containing meal to aid digestion. If a gall stone is caught in the duct system leading to the bowel, it can become lodged in the duct and cause pain under the right rib cage in the abdomen. Ask your doctor if this fits your complaint. ...Read more
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