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What's a gallbladder sludge and how is it treated? I've been diagnosed with a large sludge, and cyst in my liver.

What's a gallbladder sludge and how is it treated? I've been diagnosed with a large sludge, and cyst in my liver.

Sand: I think of sludge at sand in the gallbladder. Not stones but a precursor to stones in the form of a sandy substance. If you have symptoms that could be related to the gallbladder, the gallbladder should be removed. Depending on the size, location, and symptoms, the cyst could also be treated surgically at the same time. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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 does a gallbladder sludge and cyst in the liver mean?

What does a gallbladder sludge and cyst in the liver mean?

Benign findings : Gallbladder sludge can be seen with rapid weight loss, prolonged fasting, really sick patients with low/absent oral intake or use of tpn.Certain drugs (i.e. Ceftriaxone) can also cause it.The clinical course of sludge varies - often going away if the causative agent is eliminated. Asymptomatic patients require no therapy. If symptomatic or complications arise cholecystectomy may be indicated. ...Read more

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What's the treatment for a gallbladder sludge and inflamed pancreas? Did the cyst in my liver come from the gallbladder sludge?

What's the treatment for a gallbladder sludge and inflamed pancreas? Did the cyst in my liver come from the gallbladder sludge?

Pancreatitis may be: Pancreatitis may be secondary to gallbladder sludge. Consider cholecystectomy to prevent future pancreatitis which can be very serious. The liver cyst is unlikely to be related. ...Read more

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How is a gallbladder sludge diagnosed?

How is a gallbladder sludge diagnosed?

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

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How common is a large gallbladder sludge?

How common is a large gallbladder sludge?

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 more

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Does gallbladder sludge means gallbladder walls are thick?

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

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How to cure gallbladder sludge? What diet foods should I take?

How to cure gallbladder sludge? What diet foods should I take?

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

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What will the injection fraction when there's a gallbladder sludge diagnosis?

What will the injection fraction when there's a gallbladder sludge diagnosis?

Function: That test tells how well your gall bladder works. If the ejection fraction is low it should be removed. It is not working right. ...Read more

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They told me that I have sludge and crystals in my gallbladder. What does this mean?

They told me that I have sludge and crystals in my gallbladder. What does this mean?

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

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Can a large gallbladder sludge cause the gallbladder not to function at all or properly?

Can a large gallbladder sludge cause the gallbladder not to function at all or properly?

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 more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Gall Bladder (Definition)

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