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Sludge Within The Gallbladder
Ultrasound: Pain after eating a fatty mean may be a sign of a gallbladder that isnt working. So a history and physical exam is the most important thing. Next your doctor may order an ultrasound. They may see gall stones or sludge. That is small stones that may block the duct. The gall bladder is a storage vessel. They may also order a hida scan to assess function. ...Read more
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
Variable: Gallbladder "sludge" is believed to be small stones (form of cholelithiasis). In the usa it is estimated, approximately 1-2% develop stones each year and approximately 1-2% become symptomatic. Gallbladder dysfunction, biliary dyskinesia (acalculous cholecystopathy) frequency is unknown. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nope: The gallbladder is a small hollow organ that holds bile. This helps us digest fat. When you look at the gallbladder with an ultrasound the bile can appear like sludge which probably just describes the consistency of the bile. Thickening of the gallbladder wall can be seen on the ultrasound as well and usually is a result of inflammation. These are two different findings. ...Read more
Removal: Sludge in the gallbladder occurs when there is an alteration in liver metabolism, and one of three main components of bile crystallize, and sit in the gallbladder. This sludge will eventually coalesce in to stones. There is no cure for the inderlying cause. Surgical removal of the gallbladder does solve the problem. If there are no symptoms, its ok to watch it. ...Read more
May be problem: Sludge and crystals in gallbladder are usually detected by ultrasound examination. Sometimes these are transient and disappear. Usuall if patient has symptoms referrable to gall bladder disease a hida nuclear medicine exam is performed to determine if gall bladder is functioning normally. If normal function and prdesence of sludge not usually a problem. If gall bladder disease sometimes surgery. ...Read more
Wrong order: Sludge and stones form in poor functioning gallbladder. Symptomatic gallbladder disease is treated with surgical removal of your gallbladder. This is something you should discuss with your family physician. If you are symptomatic, a family physician should refer you to a skilled minimally invasive surgeon to evaluate for possible cholecystectomy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have sludge in my gallbladder and have had recent pain there. Is there a downside to having it removed?
Always some risk: With any invasive procedure. Risks of removing a gb and stones/sludge are infection, bleeding, injury of nearby structures (liver, intestine, bile ducts). The risks without surgery would be worsening symptoms and risk of passing a small stone such as developing pancreatitis. It sounds like, for you, the risks without surgery are worse than risks with surgery. I'd likely advise you to have it too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I got my gallbladder taken out for sludge, but I am having some pains in the same area, i got it taken out in oct. Is this normal? It's cold out too.
Not uncommon: About 15% of people still have pain after gallbladder surgery. Discuss with doctor. Your liver may still be producing sludge. Sometimes taking ox bile with meals helps. Sometimes a "liver flush" helps- see http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/192761-overview ; http://www.Ener-chi.Com/articles/does-your-liver-need-an-overhaul/ ; http://gallbladderattack.Com/aftergallbladderremoval.Shtml. ...Read more
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