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Doctor insights on: What Is A Completely Collapsed Gallbladder

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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. Payam Mehranpour
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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 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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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 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 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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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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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

Dr. John Landi
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Collapse (Definition)

Collapse refers to falling from the upright position to the ground. Circulatory collapse means the blood circulation is failing due to problems such as poor pumping from the heart, low blood volume ...Read more


Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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