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What is a collapsed gallbladder mean?

What is a collapsed gallbladder mean?

Several things: Gall bladder collapse is usually seen by ultrasound exam. Contracted or collapsed gallbladder can refer gb response following meal, ingestion of fat or injection intravenously of the hormone (cck) that is responsible for causing the gallbladder to contract. Inflammation due to gallstones can result in scarring of the gallbladder. Scarring causes the gallbladder to be contracted. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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 is a collapsed gallbladder and what are its causes?

What is a collapsed gallbladder and what are its causes?

Don't know: It fills and empties as part of its work. If diseased and scarred to a nubbin that could be called collapsed. ...Read more

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What causes the gallbladder to collapse?

What causes the gallbladder to collapse?

It's empty: The gallbladder largely functions as a bag that concentrates bile made in the liver. Between meals, bile flows from the liver into the bile duct, and it is "sucked" into the gallbladder where it is concentrated between 8-20 x. When you eat, various stimuli including cck release stimulate gallbladder contaction, and the concentrated bile is then emptied into the small intestine to mix with food. ...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

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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 do you suggest if my gallbladder is collapsed, why?

What do you suggest if my gallbladder is collapsed, why?

Can be normal: The gallbladder empties some after eating & would appear "collapsed" on an ultrasound. Were gallstones seen? Review the results with your doctor who ordered the test. ...Read more

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I have been told I have a callapsed gallbladder and have symptoms of gallbladder problems should have more tests done?

I have been told I have a callapsed gallbladder and have symptoms of gallbladder problems should have more tests done?

Biliary colic: Your gallbladder could be the cause of your abdominal pain aka biliary colic. A surgery consult is indicated. Where risk/benefit analysis of organ retention vs surgical removal/laprascopic cholecystectomy can be discussed. Take a friend with you. Your surgeon may order more tests. ...Read more

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I have a collapsed gallbladder & is it normal to have HORRIBLE pain under the shoulder blade?

I have a collapsed gallbladder & is it normal to have HORRIBLE pain under the shoulder blade?

Pain on right: Your liver is on your right side below the ribs. Gallbladder is tucked under the liver. Right side abdominal pain, above the belly button is usually where it hurts with a bad gallbladder. The pain occurs after eating, especially fatty foods, can be severe. If pain lasts more than an hour or if you vomit get to your doctor. Ultrasound, and/or TECH HIDA can diagnose. Ask for surgery consult. Be well ...Read more

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Gall bladder is partially collapsed in which conditions?

Gall bladder is partially collapsed in which conditions?

Can be normal: A collapsed or partially empty gallbladder can be normal and seen if a person ate too soon before the ultrasound. If there are gallstones however, it could then indicate a thickened & contracted gallbladder due to chronic inflammation of the gallbladder. ...Read more

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Don't I need my gallbladder?

Don't I need my gallbladder?

No.: Since the gallbladder's function is mainly one of storage, it is not a necessary organ. Your life will go on normally without your gallbladder. ...Read more

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How heavy is the gallbladder?

See below: A normal gallbladder is about 3 to 4 inches long and about 1.5 to 2 inches wide. Normal capacity is up to 100 cc of bile so it is very light in weight. ...Read more

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Where does the gallbladder hurt?

Where does the gallbladder hurt?

Typically people: Feel pain in the right upper quadrant area of the stomach which can radiate to the back or flank and sometimes also in the mid-upper stomach or epigastric area. That is the classic distribution, sometimes people can feel a band-like pain across the upper abdomen. See a surgeon to be fully evaluated, which might include an ultrasound. Good luck! ...Read more

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What side is the gallbladder on?

What side is the gallbladder on?

Right: The gallbladder lies underneath the liver and is usually on the right side. Since the liver can have anomalies to it, the gb can lie more in the midline in some patients, making symptoms of gb disease overlap with symptoms of heartburn. ...Read more

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What causes gallbladder attacks?

What causes gallbladder attacks?

Short answer: Is: gallstones cause gallbladder attacks. Usually, a stone, which the gallbladder forms, gets stuck at its neck and causes a blockage against bile emptying. The neck is where the gallbladder narrows down to form the cystic duct, which in turn joins the common duct. When the gallbladder contracts against the obstruction caused by stone in the neck, it causes pain, which is the attack. ...Read more

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Is a gallbladder ok only at 53%?

Ans: Depend what symptoms you are experiencing. If you feel great then be sure to eT correct avoid fatty greasy foods etc. If you have discomfort go see your doctor ...Read more

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What is a restricted gallbladder?

Constricted?: There is no term "restricted" that I have heard of in 30 years, but there is "constricted", which means the gallbladder is very small, due to increased muscle activity in the wall of the gallbladder. Could be a normal finding, depends on whether you have had a fatty meal before the ultrasound that detected it. If you have symptoms with pain in the abdomen, additional testing is needed. ...Read more

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Can you live without gallbladder?

Can you live without gallbladder?

Yes.: While the gallbladder does have some physiologic function, it is not a critical organ. Most people don't notice much difference after it is removed. The body tends to compensate well after it is removed. Of the small percentage of people that do notice any change, the consequence is usually some diarrhea with certain fatty food intake. ...Read more

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What is a constricted gallbladder?

What is a constricted gallbladder?

Contracted?: Contracted gallbladders are small on imaging (ultrasound or ct). Can be normal if the gallbladder recently emptied. It can be seen usually in older patients who have diseased gallbladders that have just scarred down over time. If the gallbladder does not empty with stimulation during a hida scan, the term biliary dyskinesia is used. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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


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Collapse (Definition)

Collapse = rapid prostration. ...Read more