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Doctor insights on: Pathophysiology Of Cholelithiasis

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What are the tests for cholelithiasis?

What are the tests for cholelithiasis?

Utrasound and scan.: Usually with an ultrasound of the liver and gall bladder, following the identifications of signs and symptoms by your doctor. Some people have a sick gall-bladder filled with "sludge, " which does not empty properly: a hida scan is used to indentify this. Also, elevations in enzymes most asscoaited with gb disease, ie alkphos, and GGT are usually obtained on first vist. ...Read more

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Gallstones (Definition)

Stone-like deposits of bile in the gallbladder that are made from accumulation of cholesterol or bilirubin. Most gallstones are asymptomatic, however complications of gallstones include inflammation of the gallbladder, and blockage of ...Read more


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What is diagnosis for patients suffering from cholelithiasis?

What is diagnosis for patients suffering from cholelithiasis?

Gallstones: Gallstones is the same as cholelithiasis, the medical term. Upper abdominal pressure and bloating, discomfort, nausea and vomiting are some of the symptoms. Ultrasound is usually used to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Please help me making meal plan for someone who has cholelithiasis?

Diet for stones: Most stones are without symptoms, & diet alone will not make the stones resolve. See my earlier healthtap answers today please--diet modifications should include a re-examination of fat intake, diabetic control (if present), weight reduction (if obese), & dietary fiber supplementation. Other considerations may be needed depending on co-morbidities, age, lifestyle, medications taken, risk factors. ...Read more

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What are risk factors of cholelithiasis?

Variable: Many people may have gallstones and have no symptoms at all. Some people will get upper abdominal pressure, bloating, discomfort, nausea or vomiting. Eating fatty foods may make more discomfort. Vomiting, inability to eat are common. Serious infections sometimes can occur, and sometimes the gallstone can cause bile duct blockage with marked pain, vomiting, jaundice, and sometimes pancreatitis. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with cholelithiasis, what to do?

I was diagnosed with cholelithiasis, what to do?

Watch: If asymptomatic now follow stones depending on size with sonogram. If large stone is in ampulla of gallbladder only if it impacts to shut off arterial supply will symtoms appear. If small and stones pass can develop cholic pain. Stones htat are large can be in gb for many years and may nevera need treatment unless they become symptomatic. ...Read more

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What to avoid eating when you have cholelithiasis?

What to avoid eating when you have cholelithiasis?

Fatty: Avoid fried fatty greasy foods, cheeses, french fries, butter, mayonnaise, hot dogs, cheese pizza, fried chicken, etc. You get the idea. ...Read more

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What should you avoid when you have cholelithiasis?

Maybe nothing: If you have asymptomatic gallstones, a very common finding, you have no dietary restrictions whatsoever. If you have symptoms, just eat a low fat diet until surgery can be accomplished. There are approx. 20 million Americans with gallstones at any one time, and only about 5% will develop symptoms each year. It's not a cumulative stat, so you may never develop symptoms . Good luck. ...Read more

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What's the cause and treatment for cholelithiasis?

What's the cause and treatment for cholelithiasis?

Gallstones: Cholelithiasis (gallstones) are caused by an imbalance of the components of the bile that is stored in the gallbladder. Most of the time, the stones don't cause a problem, and don't need to be treated. But if they start causing pain or repeated nausea, the treatment is to remove the gallbladder. ...Read more

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Why might cholelithiasis develop after weight loss?

Why might cholelithiasis develop after weight loss?

Weight Loss Stones: The most common type of gallstones are cholesterol stones which form when bile contains too much cholesterol. When rapid weight loss occurs, as the body metabolizes fat during prolonged fasting the liver secretes extra cholesterol into bile, which can cause gallstone formation. In addition, the gallbladder does not empty properly which can contribute to stone development. ...Read more

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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my cholelithiasis?

Gallstone Tests: An ultrasound of the abdomen is usually done to diagnose gallstones after a careful history and physical. This can be done by your primary care doctor. The treatment of gallstone disease, however, requires surgical removal of the gallbladder. For this you need to see a general surgeon. ...Read more

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Why might rapid weight loss cause cholelithiasis?

Why might rapid weight loss cause cholelithiasis?

Unknown cause: I am not aware of the reason rapid weight loss can cause gallstones. This had been identified in the past with rapid weight loss and liquid diets, and can currently be seen in those who have had rapid weight loss after gastric bypass surgery. ...Read more

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What group of people with rapid weight loss develop cholelithiasis?

What group of people with rapid weight loss develop cholelithiasis?

Hard to predict: With decreased food intake, bile can form sludge, and sometimes this can form small stones. These small stones may not cause symptoms, and may go away in time. Theoretically, the risk is higher with very low calorie diets, but it happens with all diets. However, obese people are at higher risk for gallstones. A stone that causes symptoms during a diet may have been present before the diet. ...Read more

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What does small separated cyst in left hepatic lobe. No cholelithiasis mean?

What does small separated cyst in left hepatic lobe. No cholelithiasis mean?

Incidental: You have a small cyst in liver. You do not have cholelithiasis. These are incidental findings of the radiologist who performed the test. The doctor who ordered the test probably explained what they were looking for to you. Cholelithiasis refers to stones in the gall bladder. Follow up with your doctor to review the findings and see if your pain is better. ...Read more

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Small separated custom left hepatic love no cholelithiasis. Tiny sub centimeter cysts in right kidney. R these dangerous?

Small separated custom left hepatic love no cholelithiasis. Tiny sub centimeter cysts in right kidney. R these dangerous?

Small: Renal cysts are of no concern, they are a common incidental finding. Not sure what you are trying to describe with respect to the hepatic finding. ...Read more

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Hello, what can I do about multiple small cholelithiasis found on ultrasound? Can i get rid of them? Can medication shrink and eliminate them?

Hello, 
what can I do about multiple small cholelithiasis found on ultrasound? 

Can i get rid of them? Can medication shrink and eliminate them?

No: The good news is about 20% of adults have gallstones. Most of them never cause issues, because if they did, i wouldn't have time to answer questions on health tap. If you have pain after eating fatty foods in the upper part of your abdomen, consider getting your gallbladder out. ...Read more

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Gallbladder sludge with cholelithiasis, lots of inflammation..Diseased gallbladder. Cholecytomy monday. What's some issues that con from lap 2open sur?

Gallbladder sludge with cholelithiasis, lots of inflammation..Diseased gallbladder. Cholecytomy monday. What's some issues that con from lap 2open sur?

Uncommon: Unless there is severe gallbladder disease or prior major abdominal surgery, the conversion rate of laparoscopic to open surgery is about 2-5%. Ask your surgeon what your own specific risks may be. ...Read more

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How long will jaundice due to cholelithiasis last after cholecystectomy?

How long will jaundice due to cholelithiasis last after cholecystectomy?

For some times: Raised bilirubin causes jaundice, or yellow pigment on sclera ( eye) both due to obstruction of ducts as in stones or due to liver diseases. After removal obstruction eye remained stained for a while due to tissue stain , by Albumin bound delta bilirubin . Since Albumin has half life of 20 days , so it takes time to clear jaundice completely even though blood levels are normal. ...Read more

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Is there any link between cholelithiasis and vitamin B12 deficiency?

Is there any link between cholelithiasis and vitamin B12 deficiency?

Indirectly: While there is no known direct link between vitamin B12 deficiency and cholelithiasis, there is a significantly increased rate of gallstones in patients with pernicious anemia. Pernicious anemia is a condition in which red blood cells are decreased due to vitamin B12 deficiency. So, if ones B12 deficiency is severe enough to cause pernicious anemia, then the risk of gallstones is increased. ...Read more