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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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63 year old female with 1.44 cm single gallbladder polyp found on ultrasound. No symptom Should I have gallbladder removal? I have Rheumatoid Arth

63 year old female with 1.44 cm single gallbladder polyp found on ultrasound. No symptom Should I have gallbladder removal? I have Rheumatoid Arth

No: Gallbladder polyps are benign and not dangerous. They don't cause pain or blockage. There is no reason to remove the polyp or the entire gallbladder due to this. If you have right upper abdominal pain or discomfort, it is caused by something else and you should see your primary care doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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A ultrasound showed a 3mm gallbladder wall polyp, is this big enough to have the gallbladder removed? I've had tons of pain linked to right rib area

Gallbladder polyp: A polyp in the gallbladder does not mean your gallbladder should be removed. Other conditions associated with biliary pain, like chronic cholecystitis, gallstones, may lead to a recommendation for gallbladder removal. Okay to talk to your doc about gallbladder disease. Usually a gallbladder polyp is reimaged in 6 to 12 months, to see if it is growing. Be well. ...Read more

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My gallbladder ultrasound reads abnormal thickening of neck does mean cancer if I have gallbladder polyps?

My gallbladder ultrasound reads abnormal thickening of neck does mean cancer if I have gallbladder polyps?

NO: Ultrasound is not how cancer is diagnosed. Gallbladder polyps is a risk factor for cancer and is an indication for cholecystectomy especially if symtomatic. See a surgeon for an opinion. Standard of care for cancer diagnosis is tissue based. ...Read more

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Gallbladder polyps 2 mm and 3 mm found on ultrasound. Is this risk for pre cancer? . This question is from my friend.

Yes, but: Gallbladder polyps have risk of cancer, those polyps are large (20 mm or bigger) but not 2 mm to 3 mm. These small shadows on sono could be observed safely, if size is increasing or symptomatic due to diseased gall bladder surgical removal gall bladder is indicated. Some times cholesterol deposits are interpreted as polyps. Especially multiple. ...Read more

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Gallbladder pain, 2 polyp's found but ultrasound detected no stones so why would my gallbladder be having mild spasms and sharp pains, what to do?

Gallbladder pain, 2 polyp's found but ultrasound detected no stones so why would my gallbladder be having mild spasms and sharp pains, what to do?

Gallbladder: Functional gallbladder disorder/gallbladder dyskinesia can produce symptoms similar to gallstones. It can be diagnosed with a nuclear medicine scan (HIDA/CCK scan). Talk with your doctor about the next steps. ...Read more

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My np just called & said that my ultrasound found a polyp & sludge in my gallbladder so I need to come back in 6 months to monitor. I feel like I need more information, but don't know what to ask.?

Recheck: If you have tsludge in your gallbladder, you are at increased risk of developing gallstones and acute inflammation of your gallbladder. Your doctor cain advise you of the best options for you. ...Read more

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My ultrasound results are mild fatty infiltration of the liver, a stable angiomyolipoma in the left kidney and a small polyp in the gallbladder.

My ultrasound results are mild fatty infiltration of the liver, a stable angiomyolipoma in the left kidney and a small polyp in the gallbladder.

Multi problem girl: OK improve you nutrition eat well balanced diet, don't drink you will damage further if you take care of yourself possible to revert neglect may lead to cirrhosis. GB polyp need observation if is less than 2 cm, considered pre-malignant may need removal. L kidney one benign need observation only regular MD Ck ups, OK not that bad right! ...Read more

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My latest ultrasound revealed two gallbladder polyps of sizes 3 and 5 mm each. How do I determine if it's cancer? Are tumor marker tests useful now?

My latest ultrasound revealed two gallbladder polyps of sizes 3 and 5 mm each. How do I determine if it's cancer? Are tumor marker tests useful now?

See below: Tumor markers are not useful for detecting early tumors and there are no tumor markers of gall bladder tumors. It is unlikely that the gall bladder polyps are cancer. You can take a watch and wait approach. Ultrasound is a safe non-invasive test that can be repeated every few months to see if the polyps are growing. If the lesion grow, gall bladder can be removed by laproscopic surgery. ...Read more

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My abdominal ultrasound result reveals gallbladder is distended and demonstrates multiple mucosal polyps, size 4.5.No calculus. What do I do please?

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

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Had urq ultrasound today. Findings were 3 gallbladder polyps 3 mm. A liver hemangioma and kidney stone. Drs not worried. Should I be?

Shouldn't worry: If you are asymptomatic, there's no need for concern. Polyps can be followed, hemangiomas are benign. Unless the kidney stone becomes symptomatic, that too can befollowed. ...Read more

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Do I need my gallbladder removed? Gi doctor says yes. I had an ultrasound saying that I have stones, distention, wall thickening, and a 0.6cm polyp.

Do I need my gallbladder removed? Gi doctor says yes. I had an ultrasound saying that I have stones, distention, wall thickening, and a 0.6cm polyp.

Yes, go for removal: Though you are young because you have stones, gb wall thickening indicating inflammation and possible infect. Distended bladder could be sec. To many gall stones, or gall stone obstructing the duct of the gb with stagnation o bile+. Sometimes gas forming bacte. Can the gb to perforate which becomes serious as spesis sets in. Cancer can occur in chr. Stone pts/polyp is asso. With cancer gb occ. Ly. ...Read more

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Weird painish, in chest pain in entire upper abdomen ultrasound found polyps on gallbladder nothin else. Always tired lots of anxiety any ideas?

Weird painish, in chest pain in entire upper abdomen ultrasound found polyps on gallbladder nothin else. Always tired lots of anxiety any ideas?

STOP NSAIDS!: Please stop advil (ibuprofen) and Ibuprofen unless there is a reason you must continue. These can irritate your stomach and esophagus. Have you tried reflux meds yet? Need more history on your pain - how long, what is it like, what makes it better, what makes it worse. Lab results? Vital signs? ...Read more

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Have a few hemangiomas on liver went for an ultrasound of gallbladder due to polyps and tech said liver cyst then I heard doppler flow is this cancer?

Have a few hemangiomas on liver went for an ultrasound of gallbladder due to polyps and tech said liver cyst then I heard doppler flow is this cancer?

UNLIKELY: A liver cyst is a common finding on ultrasound of this organ. It is fluid filled. Tumors, whether benign or cancerous, are solid.
Hemangiomas are also extremely common findings of liver ultrasound. ...Read more

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I had an ultrasound an discovered I have a 3mm polyp in my gall bladder and I have ocassional side pains?

I had an ultrasound an discovered I have a 3mm polyp in my gall bladder and I have ocassional side pains?

Unlikely related: Gallbladder polyps are often found incidently on imaging studies, and as such are typically painless. Seldom does the gallbladder cause pain on both sides of the abdomen as you seem to describe. Gallbladder symptoms more typically locate to the right upper quadrant and epigastrium with radiation to the right scapula. See your doctor about your symptoms please. ...Read more

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Severe abdomen pain. Voveran injection relieved instantly. Now no pain. Ultrasound report shows enlarged liver and 6.2 mm gall bladder polyP. Cause?

Severe abdomen pain. Voveran injection relieved instantly. Now no pain. Ultrasound report shows enlarged liver and 6.2 mm gall bladder polyP. Cause?

Liver patholoogy: Voveran SR (Diclofenac SR)? Voveran SR (Diclofenac SR) is in a group of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Dx of liver problem
must be made, possibly by bx especially if no evidence of cirrhosis. Liver pain usually from rapid expansion of. Capsule Presence of GB polyp must be addressed possibly by cholecystectomy and why Volveran for pain. ...Read more

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I was told about 4 years ago I had polyps on my gallbladder. Had a ultra sound at the ER recently and was told I had none. Can they go away?

I was told about 4 years ago I had polyps on my gallbladder. Had a ultra sound at the ER recently and was told I had none. Can they go away?

Yes and NO: May have been misdiagnosis on either the first or second u/s. To clarify get a third u/s done in the dept of radiology by an experienced technician. Results are highly technician dependent,
If not having symptoms then may want to hold on u/s till you are. ...Read more

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During a ultra sound scan in my abdomen I was diagnosed with all normal but my gallbladder has multiple polyps less than. 5 CM. Surgery needed?

During a ultra sound scan in my abdomen I was diagnosed with all normal but my gallbladder has multiple polyps less than. 5 CM. Surgery needed?

Depends on: Your symptoms. Gallbladder polyps usually consist of cholesterol, and can be precursors of gallstones. These polyps, and even stones, can be asymptomatic, in which case you probably will not benefit from cholecystectomy if you are otherwise healthy. Follow your doctor's advice. ...Read more

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Insidious onset of low back pain, no radicular signs but assoc with mild nausea and lack of appetite. Can LBP be referred from gallbladder? Have sonogram that shows 3 gall polyps, 3, 5, 6 mm.

Insidious onset of low back pain, no radicular signs but assoc with mild nausea and lack of appetite. Can LBP be referred from gallbladder? Have sonogram that shows 3 gall polyps, 3, 5, 6 mm.

Back pain: If pain is mid to lower back on right side gallstone could be responsible but usually more behind right shoulder blade. The nausea and lack of appetite is concerning especially if this is after a high fat or high protein meal. See your provider. May need abd CT and labs. ...Read more

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A 7.5 mm gallbladder polyp incidentally found during ultrasound, surgeon said it is a good size and recommended surgery. Should I do it?

A 7.5 mm gallbladder polyp incidentally found during ultrasound, surgeon said it is a good size and recommended surgery. Should I do it?

Removal safe: Your ultrasound showed a 7.5 mm polyp on the gallbladder. A consult surgeon recommends removal. The surgery will be safe removal of gallbladder at your age. It is unusual to need a gallbladder at your age and gender (male). The surgeon wants to make sure no cancer so if a second consult surgeon also recommends removal you should consider it. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I am having upper right abdominal pain. Ultrasound of the gallbladder showed only a 4 mm polyp. I am having pain and burning sensation. What next?

I am having upper right abdominal pain. Ultrasound of the gallbladder showed only a 4 mm polyp. I am having pain and burning sensation. What next?

CCK HIDA scan: Ask your doctor about a CCK HIDA scan, and pay particular attention to whether or not the CCK administration reproduces your symptoms. If it does, consider getting your gallbladder removed by an experienced, laparoscopic general surgeon. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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3 weeks I've had abdominal pain, nausea & have vomited after meals. I'm not pregnant, had an ultrasound &have small polyps in my gallbladder? Now what?

3 weeks I've had abdominal pain, nausea & have vomited after meals. I'm not pregnant, had an ultrasound &have small polyps in my gallbladder? Now what?

3 Possibilities: 1-what is presumed to be polyps are actually gallstones. 2-you may have gallbladder disease in the absence of stones. A cck-hida test can check gb function. 3-we are "barking up the wrong tree" & your problems are not gb related. I advise you to see a gb surgeon or gastroenterologist to help sort this out. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are some common reasons I might have developed gallbladder polyps?

What are some common reasons I might have developed gallbladder polyps?

See below.: Gb polyps affect 5% of the adult population. Exact cause is not known but related to age and presence of gallstones which in turn is related to obesity as well. ...Read more

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How are multiple gallbladder polyps and solitary gallbladder polyps different?

How are multiple gallbladder polyps and solitary gallbladder polyps different?

Taken literally: Only the number. But both conditions, regardless of number of polyps, is abnormal. Gallbladder polyps, unlike others in the GI tract, are formed by cholesterol crystals. So if you have symptoms with either finding, your gallbladder is the likely source of it. Ask the doctor who ordered the test to see if you are a surgical candidate. ...Read more

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Is surgery needed for gallbladder polyps?

Depends on size: Depends on the size of the polyps on ultrasound. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Hi docs, how serious is it to have a gallbladder polyp?

Depends on size: Gallbladder polyps are growths that protrude from the lining of the inside of the gallbladder. Polyps can be cancerous, but they rarely are. About 95% of gallbladder polyps are benign. The size of a gallbladder polyp can help predict whether it's cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign). Small gallbladder polyps that are less than 10 millimeters in diameter are unlikely to be cancerous ...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


Polyp (Definition)

A polyp may occur anyplace on the body, but is most commonly seen in the colon when a colonscopy exam is done. It is a bump or protrusion from the lining of the GI tract and colon, which can can be benign or turn ...Read more