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What will happen if my gallbladder ruptures?

What will happen if my gallbladder ruptures?

Very sick: Leakage of bile into peritoneum is quite toxic, peritonitis, shock, sepsis , death. Even high risk with early operation. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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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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Can gallbladder rupture killl you?

Maybe but rarely: Gallbladders rarely "rupture." contrary to popular misconception, they don't pop like a balloon. They may become so inflamed that they become gangrenous and start leaking. It's not the leak per se that is the problem, but the associated extreme inflammation and damage to surrounding structures. Death is an uncommon occurrence, but may occur in older/sicker patients with other medical problems. ...Read more

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Can my gallbladder rupture during an attack since its only functioning 15%?

Can my gallbladder rupture during an attack since its only functioning 15%?

"Apples & Oranges": The cck-hida scan measures gallbladder emptying; it is used for people who do not have gallstones yet have gallbladder symptoms (biliary dykenisia). While there is a place for gallbladder surgery in this setting, this disease does not cause inflammation in the gallbladder--in fact, the gb looks normal. Therefore, you need not worry about gallbladder rupture, a rare consequence due to gb gangrene. ...Read more

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Should my gallbladder have been removed when i had appendectomy due to the appendix had ruptures?

Should my gallbladder have been removed when i had appendectomy due to the appendix had ruptures?

No, unless...: Basic rule: don't complicate anything by doing more surgery when risk for infection is increased. However if infection risk is well controlled, and gallbladder disease is well established and documented and the surgeon is made aware that you have been suffering from the disease it wouldn't be entirely prohibited. Should not be done in a "preventative" manner, "while the docs in there anyway...". ...Read more

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Pain upper right under ribs, and a knott, fatty liver disease, can gallbladder rupture, all test clear,

Pain upper right under ribs, and a knott, fatty liver disease, can gallbladder rupture, all test clear,

YES: Untreated acute cholecystis with impacted stone at cystic duct can rupture occasionally , will have severe pain, temp, signs of peritonitis tests will not be normal , WBC liver function tests will be abnormal .. Hope this what you are asking. ...Read more

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Have had open appendectomy for rupture and tubal, will I have gallbladder removed w/open surgery since I have lots of scar tissue?

Have had open appendectomy for rupture and tubal, will I have gallbladder removed w/open surgery since I have lots of scar tissue?

Probably not: It is very common for someone to have successful laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder) after previous ruptured appendicitis and other surgical procedures. In fact, "cutting" scar tissue/adhesiolysis is very commonly done at hands of skilled/experienced minimally invasive surgeons. You should seek an experienced surgeon. Recommend you seek out younger generation, laparoscopic surgeon. ...Read more

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Gallbladder had gangrene and ruptured during surgery. Bile duct was cut in half and is draining bile, has to stay in for 3 months. What is the outlook?

Gallbladder had gangrene and ruptured during surgery. Bile duct was cut in half and is draining bile, has to stay in for 3 months. What is the outlook?

Bile duct injury : It sounds like you had a very hostile gallbladder but to this point things have been repaired and that you have a t-tube in place. That tube help strain the bile and people helps prevent stricture. Overall the outlook is good and it is rare for people to have major complications or long-term effects after surgery in which the ball that was repaired. Routine follow-up as recommended by your surgeon will however be important to make sure that any problem that arises is attended to a timely fashion. ...Read more

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Can the gall bladder rupture during surgery?

Can the gall bladder rupture during surgery?

Yes: Sometimes the gallbladder can tear or break during surgery (not actually "explode" or "rupture"), especially if the gallbladder is badly diseased or inflamed. It is not that uncommon and not serious, as the surgeon would remove any spilled fluid or bile with no consequences to the patient. ...Read more

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What are the treatment options for gall bladder rupture?

What are the treatment options for gall bladder rupture?

Only one option...: ...Emergency surgery. However, gallbladder rupture is very rare, occurring in only a small subset of patients who present with acute inflammation of the gallbladder. Also, this is almost-never diagnosed outside the or. In contrast, rupture of the appendix assc w/appendicitis is much more common. Are you certain of the diagnosis? ...Read more

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Is a gall bladder flush safe for my 11 year-old? My son's appendics almost ruptured and was removed in september. At the time a gall stone showed up as well on his x-ray. I would much rather do a flush that is safe than have him go through surgery again.

Is a gall bladder flush safe for my 11 year-old? My son's appendics almost ruptured and was removed in september. At the time a gall stone showed up as well on his x-ray. I would much rather do a flush that is safe than have him go through surgery again.

There : There is nothing in authentic medical literature that refers to a "gallbladder flush." I have had several patients mention this to me and my advice is to not do this. Causing a gallstone to pass can be more harmful and dealy than not. I agree with the other surgeons taht if he is symtomatic from this then treatment would be laparoscopic cholecystectomy. ...Read more

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Does a low functioning gallbladder get better with diet? Hida scan showed only 17% functioning what's the chances of rupturing or gettinh gangreen?

Does a low functioning gallbladder get better with diet? Hida scan showed only 17% functioning what's the chances of rupturing or gettinh gangreen?

unlikely: The good thing with seeing the gallbladder(you can't calculate an ejection fraction unless the gallbladder filled first) is that it is very good with predicting that there is not acute cholecystitis...So gangrene and rupture very unlikely at that time. However an ejection fraction of 17%, is low. This is most commonly related to a chronic disease, and indicates poor function. ...Read more

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About a month ago started having severe upper right abdominal pain. Gallbladder gone and CT scan only shows ruptured cyst on left ovary. Any ideas?

About a month ago started having severe upper right abdominal pain.  Gallbladder gone and CT scan only shows ruptured cyst on left ovary.  Any ideas?

Many possibilities: Finding the cause of abdominal pain is like solving a mystery, compiling clues from one's history, exam, & lab+/-radiology tests. The pain may be coming from the abdominal wall, the colon, the kidney, the liver+/-bile ducts. What worsens the pain?..Is it related to food...Activities?...Is it cramping, dull, sharp?..Is there nausea...Vomiting...Wt loss? I advise you to find a thorough doctor. ...Read more

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What happens to a person without a gallbladder?

What happens to a person without a gallbladder?

Not much: Sometimes after people have their gallbladder removed they can have loose stools after eating fatty foods. This can occur in about 40% of people. It usually gets better in a few weeks after surgery. ...Read more

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My gallbladder is collapsed, Why did this happen?

My gallbladder is collapsed, Why did this happen?

This is normal: the GB stores bile that is made by the liver. In response to a fatty meal, the GB squeezes and empties the bile into the intestines to help digest your food. A collapsed GB just means that it has recently emptied, probably after a meal. Conversely, a distended or full GB is common when fasting. ...Read more

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What can happen if you drink without having a gallbladder?

What can happen if you drink without having a gallbladder?

Gallbladder: The gallbladder is a back up storage facility for bile. Removal of the gallbladder when it is diseased is recommended, as it can cause serious health problems. Bile is essential for life and made by the liver. Alcohol is a toxic to your life, with little connection to your gallbladder. Don't use alcohol in recovery from surgery or in excess. Be well. ...Read more

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What happens when u have inflammation on the day for cholecystomy for gallbladder sludge?

What happens when u have inflammation on the day for cholecystomy for gallbladder sludge?

Normal reaction: Of course, your gall bladder is going to be inflamed if it is irritated from sludge and you are scheduled to have it taken out. This is no different than draining an abscess - it is infected and inflamed, and needs to be incised and drained, followed by antibiotics. Have confidence in your surgeon, go through the chole surgery, and you should do just fine with proper followup. ...Read more

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I had to have my gallbladder removed, what happens to my body without this particular organ?

I had to have my gallbladder removed, what happens to my body without this particular organ?

Fat digestion issues: The gallbladder stores and concentrates bile, which is produced by the liver and used by your body to absorb fat in the gut. When you eat fat, a hormone called cck signals the gallbladder to release bile. If the gallbladder is removed, the bile cannot be released all at once, so some fat is not absorbed. It is then passed out as diarrhea. A diet low in fat, and smaller meals will reduce that. ...Read more

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What happens if someone's gallbladder fails completely?

What happens if someone's gallbladder fails completely?

GB dysfunction: Gallbladder dysfunction can cause symptoms that are most commonly manifest with eating and eating certain types of foods. There are several problems that can occur with the gallbladder to produce a spectrum of symptoms. Gallbladder failure per se is no a disease entity, but i believe most likely represents a gb with a really low ejection fraction. ...Read more

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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

Dr. James Dukelow
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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


Rupture (Definition)

When a hollow structure like an blood vessel, a cyst, bladder, bowel, etc bursts we ...Read more