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I just had my HIDA scan results come back. The percentage is 76%, is this normal or is that considered an over active gallbladder?

I just had my HIDA scan results come back. The percentage is 76%, is this normal or is that considered an over active gallbladder?

Normal: Usually greater than 35% gb ejection fraction is considered normal. In some labs hyperkinetic gall bladder is contemplated when ejection fraction greater than 80%. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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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 would be considered normal functioning % for a gallbladder?

What would be considered normal functioning % for a gallbladder?

GB ejection fraction: The normal gallbladder ejection fraction varies depending on the type of test which is used to determine it. Having said that, an ejection fraction below 35% is often considered abnormal. This does not always indicate gallbladder disease, but can be a sign of a poorly functioning gallbladder in the absence of gallstones. See your G.I. doctor for more details. Good luck. ...Read more

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For past 6 months my temp fluctuates all day. Has been up too 99.8. Does this mean something is wrong? Cbc normal. Gallbladder is 9% functioning

For past 6 months my temp fluctuates all day. Has been up too 99.8. Does this mean something is wrong?  Cbc normal. Gallbladder is 9% functioning

How do you feel ?: Is very important than your temp of 99.8. Body temp range of 97.3 to 99.1 is considered to be normal range body has slightly. Varies in the different part of day from morning to evening called diurnal variation you fall into that range. Temp of 100.4 of is considered abnormal . You may have chronic infection , due to that your gall b;ladder is not contracting , speak to your doctor ...Read more

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N ER last night for jaundice! liver came back perfectly normal. No elevations but total bilirubin-4.5. Found out gallbladder is only functioning 15%?

N ER last night for jaundice! liver came back perfectly normal. No elevations but total bilirubin-4.5. Found out gallbladder is only functioning 15%?

Need more info: There are lots of things that can produce bili 4.5. Need to know if this was direct or indirect and the other results of studies. I suspect you had a ct. I wonder if the gb issue is peripheral. ...Read more

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Some tenderness rt rib area after gallbladder removal 2 months ago. Cause? Normal.Hida7% function. Should i be concerned?! normal? Sore

Some tenderness rt rib area after gallbladder removal 2 months ago. Cause? Normal.Hida7% function. Should i be concerned?! normal? Sore

Probably post : Surgical since you are only 2 months out. I am assuming the cholecystectomy was because of the gb dysfunction (7% gb ejection fraction is abnormally low).

Please check in with your surgeon about your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can a gallbladder problem cause body tremors? Normal ultrasound in june 2013. Endo doc says still possible even with normal liver function test?

Can a gallbladder problem cause body tremors?  Normal ultrasound in june 2013. Endo doc says still possible even with normal liver function test?

No: Tremors are not assoc w gallbladder disease. Symptoms are usually pain in the right upper abdomen with or without nausea. Usually occurs after eating and usually the more fat or grease in the meal, the worse the symptoms. Gallbladder dysfunction, which can still be present with normal ultrasound and labs, can be diagnosed w a hida scan. ...Read more

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Ttl. Bilirubin 4.5. Direct 0.9 and yellowing of eyes! liver functioning normal. Neg for hepatitis. Gallbladder ultrasound norm. Gilbert's disease?

Yes: Your description is classic for diagnosing gilbert's. Given how many repeated questions you have written questioning this diagnosis, you could spend $400 to get the gene responsible for gilbert's sequenced to verify the diagnosis. See:

http://dnatesting.Uchicago.Edu/tests/65. ...Read more

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Sonogram showed gallstones dye CT showed gallbladder is functioning nnormal still have pain strange bowel functions what is next?

Sonogram showed gallstones dye CT showed gallbladder is functioning nnormal still have pain strange bowel functions what is next?

Surgery, IF...: ...Your pain is due to your gallstones. Typical gb pain is localized to the right-upper or upper-midline abdomen; it is a dull, pressure-like pain that tends to last for an hour or more; nausea+/-vomiting often accompanies the pain; while diarrhea may accompany an attack, it is not "classic". If this rings a bell, i would see a surgeon. Btw-ct scans do not demonstrate gb function. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am having a lot of abdominal pain in the lower right quadrant. I have had my gallbladder looked at and it is functioning normal, but there is a weird orange oil that is commonly in my stool. Could I have an injury in the bile duct area?

I am having a lot of abdominal pain in the lower right quadrant. I have had my gallbladder looked at and it is functioning normal, but there is a weird orange oil that is commonly in my stool. Could I have an injury in the bile duct area?

How's your appendix?: You need a doctor exam to check for tenderness in the right lower quadrant. Appendicitis pain may start in the belly button and move to the right lower quadrant. You may have no appetite and nausea. I am not sure what to make of the "oily stools." Please see your trusty health care doctor to have a hands-on exam. Happy healing. You may need a urinalysis to check for blood as kidney stones . ...Read more

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Normal abdominal CT, bloodwork for liver and pancreas function normal, I have no gallbladder, but pale stools for a week now. What else can it be?

Normal abdominal CT, bloodwork for liver and pancreas function normal, I have no gallbladder, but pale stools for a week now. What else can it be?

You are unable: to store BILE the "coloring" agent for your stools!
As time goes on the liver ducts will enlarge and some storage will return as will normal stool colors)!
Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

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LUQ pain for 2 months. Fullness and aching sharp pain that is under ribs from front straight through to back. Normal ct. history of elevated wbc and anemic. Could it be my spleen function? I had gall bladder disfunction that didn’t show until hydasca

LUQ pain for 2 months. Fullness and aching sharp pain that is under ribs from front straight through to back. Normal ct. history of elevated wbc and anemic. Could it be my spleen function? I had gall bladder disfunction that didn’t show until hydasca

Just a thought: but there is an "entity" called "Splenic Flexure Syndrome" It is essentially BOWEL GAS which collects in the HIGHEST section of the large bowel (colon) the BEND which occurs just BELOW the spleen!
This is the "catching" pain some people get after RUNNING!
See Diagram between 2 and 3
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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What does 35% gallbladder function mean?

Marginal function: Your gallbladder is functioning at the threshhold of abnormality. 35% or less is considered abnormal, and if you're symptomatic, i would recommend the gallbladder be removed. About 10% of my cholecystectomy patients don't have any stones at all, just malfunction.So, if you have trouble with fatty foods, bloating, nausea, RUQ pain, etc - speak with a surgeon.Good luck. ...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 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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Can you please explain the function of the gallbladder?

Can you please explain the function of the gallbladder?

Stores bile.: The gallbladder stores and concentrates the extra bile which is made by the liver and secreted into the intestines. Bile helps us absorb the fats that we eat as part of our diets. ...Read more

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What can cause your gallbladder to stop functioning properly?

What can cause your gallbladder to stop functioning properly?

We don't know. : The cause of gallbladder dysfunction, or biliary dyskinesia, is not well known. It just tends to happen in some people. We are still searching for the exact cause, but the good thing is that at least we now have ways to diagnose the dysfunction. ...Read more

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My gallbladder is functioning at 37% does it need to be removed?

My gallbladder is functioning at 37% does it need to be removed?

Symptoms?: Are you having any symptoms ? I assume you had pain if they ordered an image of your gallbladder. It depends on how severe , how frequent your attacks are Some manage with diet, weight loss etc. others have surgery to have it removed. If you are not having symptoms you can probably just watch it. May want to repeat image in 6 months to ensure it looks normal. ...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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Do you normally feel pain on your left side with gallbladder problems?

No: It would be rare, but does occur in some patients. I would suggest looking for other causes of left sided pain. If one has gallstones, and has left sided pain, and there are no other identifiable causes, removing the gallbladder is something to consider. ...Read more

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What can happen when your gallbladder collapses and is not functioning?

What can happen when your gallbladder collapses and is not functioning?

Depends: Maybe nothing if there are no gallstones. Poorly functioning gallbladder without gallstones can cause upper abdominal discomfort & nausea. It would not cause an emergency problem. See your doctor who ordered the tests to see if you need a referral to a surgeon for possible gallbladder removal, if you are having symptoms from your gallbladder. ...Read more

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Can a low functioning gallbladder only cause noises, and no other symptoms?

Can a low functioning gallbladder only cause noises, and no other symptoms?

??: Not sure that a gallbladder would cause noise. But if there are no symptoms your really don't need to worry about it ...Read more

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Can a gallbladder functioning at 9% cause low grade temp of 99.5 for a couple months?

No: The inflammation of the gallbladder can cause increase in temp but this happens more acutely. A 2 month increase in temp has nothing to do with your gallbladder functioning. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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