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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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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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What risks are there to keeping instead of surgically removing a somewhat functional gall bladder (e.g. 25% GBEF) with thickened walls and no stones?

What risks are there to keeping instead of surgically removing a somewhat functional gall bladder (e.g. 25% GBEF) with thickened walls and no stones?

Pain: As long as there is no stone to pass and block the liver and the pancreas there is no real danger. GB with a thick walk and 25%?EF is a badGB. And need to come out. It really depend on your symptoms how much pain you are having pain.You are not placing yourself to any immediate danger by keeping the GB but a stone will eventually form and might pass to CBD . Then you are in trouble ...Read more

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What can be done for a non functioning gallbladder?

DIET OR SURGERY: If your gallbladder is malfunctioning or non-functioning, and is symptomatic, it would best to have it removed. This is done laparoscopically as an outpatient in most situations. A low fat diet can moderate or eliminate the symptoms, but once the gallbladder is removed there is no restrictions. If you have no symptoms, nothing needs to be done, but the gb can't be revitalized. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the effects of a non-efficient gallbladder?

What are the effects of a non-efficient gallbladder?

Variable: I guess you are asking about a low gallbladder ejection fraction on a hida scale. Depends on your symptoms. Gallbladder surgery if there are gallstoes. If a lot of discomfort & nausea from biliary dyskinesia without stones, then may get relief with gallbladder surgery. Just leave alone if there are no gallstones & little or no symptoms. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have a non functioning gallbladder?

Liver sludge: The problem that caused gall stones is still there. Liver produces the bile which needs b6 as pyridoxal 5 phosphate and phosphatidyl choline. Once the bile flow normalizes pain will stop. ...Read more

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If a non functioning gallbladder is not taken out, what could result?

If a non functioning gallbladder is not taken out, what could result?

Pain & nausea: If the gallbladder is blocked from gallstones & not functioning then abdominal pains with nausea & vomiting may occur. If the gallbladder has no gallstones and fills on nuclear scan without emptying, then depends on the person's symptoms which could be pain & nausea. If no symptoms then the diagnosis of non functioning gb is suspect. ...Read more

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Can a non functioning gallbladder kill you?

Probably not: but it can be source of post prandial pain or other symptoms if you suffer from them. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a non functioning gallbladder. I am i extreme pain almost constantly. Will this pain stop if the gallbladder is removed?

Probably. : Many things cause abdominal pain. Ulcers, gastritis, pancreatitis , constipation, acid reflux and gallbladder's. Do you have classic gallbladder symptoms ? We're your symptoms reproduced with the HIDA scan ? If so there is a good chance it will get better ...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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Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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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