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Just had an ultrasound of the liver, gallbladder done...there were several spots (apox 7 maybe more) I could see. I know I've had gallstones since 2011?

Just had an ultrasound of the liver, gallbladder done...there were several spots (apox 7 maybe more) I could see. I know I've had gallstones since 2011?

Gallstones: Gallstones are a common finding. 1 in 10 patients have gallstones, and the gallbladder does not need to be removed unless the stones have started causing problems such as Biliary colic, cholecystitis, or pancreatitis. If you are having abdominal pain, it may be a good idea to take your test results and see a surgeon and get an expert opinion whether removal is beneficial in your circumstance. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Does a person need to fast for gallbladder function tests such as ultrasound, X-ray etc.?

Does a person need to fast for gallbladder function tests such as ultrasound, X-ray etc.?

Yes, usually: The gallbladder contracts in response to certain stimuli, most physiologic is the presence of food (fat) in the stomach/small intestine. However, ultrasound, looking for stones, is best done when the gallbladder is full, of bile, so that the ultrasound waves can penetrate into the gallbladder.
I noticed that you are jaundiced, at your age, this needs immediate attention. Please see a liver doctor ...Read more

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Am having gallbladder symptoms but labs and ultrasounds are normal why? Get hida scan on monday

Am having gallbladder symptoms but labs and ultrasounds are normal why? Get hida scan on monday

Diagnostic tests : Are helpful only when they are positive. If you have typical gallbladder symptoms, it could still be the problem. If all studies are negative, consult a GI specialist. ...Read more

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I had an ultrasound of my gallbladder and they say there are no stones! How reliable is this test?

I had an ultrasound of my gallbladder and they say there are no stones! How reliable is this test?

Usually good. : Ultrasound is very good-looking for gallstones. If negative, you can still have a dysfunctional gallbladder. Ask your doctor about a hida scan, a nuclear medicine study that looks at gallbladder function. ...Read more

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How can u detect a gallbladder attack, or if ther is sumthing wrong with it? Threw an ultrasound how?

How can u detect a gallbladder attack, or if ther is sumthing wrong with it? Threw an ultrasound how?

Shows stones: Gall bladder attacks usually involve some degree of pain in the rt upper abdomen, the rt shoulder, rt armpit, or rt shoulder blade — and often, nausea and vomiting. This may happen after a meal and last for hours. Ultrasounds can demonstrate gallstones which may block the cystic duct, common bile duct, or even the pancreatic duct — leading to pancreatitis. Hida scans evaluate gall bladder emptying. ...Read more

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I had a negative ultrasound and HIDA scan could it still be my gallbladder causing my pain and attacks?

I had a negative ultrasound and HIDA scan could it still be my gallbladder causing my pain and attacks?

Possibly: The ROME III criteria for abdominal pain without objective findings has suggested that if you have "classic" symptoms and have a negative CT scan, negatived upper and lower scope, negative HIDA and ultrasound with no other suspected cause for pain that it may be reasonable to remove the gallbladder. Patent needs to have low expectations and classic symptoms ...Read more

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I had an ultrasound and it says “gallbladder full” how is that possible if I had my gallbladder removed over 3 years ago?

I had an ultrasound and it says “gallbladder full” how is that possible if I had my gallbladder removed over 3 years ago?

Full gallbladder?: I would assume that to be a misread on the Ultrasound. At times, the Radiologist is presented a series of films without any clinical information, so the Radiologist may have been uninformed about your surgical history. I’d think he/she would have greatly appreciated having that information before the reading. Have it read again. ...Read more

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I have all the classic symptoms of a gallbladder problem. But my ultrasound and HIDA scan were normal. HIDA scan 94 percent. What else can cause?

I have all the classic symptoms of a gallbladder problem. But my ultrasound and HIDA scan were normal. HIDA scan 94 percent. What else can cause?

There are several: Other diseases that mimic gall bladder problems, discuss with your doctor, make sure you see your gynecologist infection from your tubes will cause adhesions around liver will mimic GB symptoms ...Read more

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What can a hida scan find that an ultrasound cannot find? Aren't there multiple things other than gallbladder dysfunction? Ultrasound was normal.

What can a hida scan find that an ultrasound cannot find?  Aren't there multiple things other than gallbladder dysfunction? Ultrasound was normal.

A lot.: After the tracer is injected into a vein, it must circulate to the liver. The liver must remove it from the blood and put it into the bile, liver circulation and function assured. The tracer, now in the bile, travels through the bile system and into the gall bladder, checking patency of these. A gall bladder stimulant can be used to measure gall bladder function and ejection out into bowel. ...Read more

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Ultrasound & hida scan results are normal but classic gallbladder issue signs persist. Could there still be a problem w/ gb.... Any tests left to try?

Yes: HIDA scan does not detect all gall bladder disease. If symptoms are characteristic and typical of biliary colic, usually surgery is beneficial. No additional tests. GB diet to relieve symptoms may be beneficial. Should consult your physician. ...Read more

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Ultrasound of gallbladder they thought they saw something around the neck but then they didn't know they didn't think it was because it didn't shadow?

Ask your doctor: Who orded the test to describe the results to you. Tiny findings may be of no clinical meaning, especially with small findings on an ultrasound. The radiology findings need to be correlated by your doctor to your symptoms, your physical exam findings, and to your blood test results to help tell if the ultrasound findings are important or not. ...Read more

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Had an ultrasound for my gallbladder, No stones, not inflamed. It hurts when I move a certain way, and if I eat greasy food. What could it be?what can I do

Had an ultrasound for my gallbladder, No stones, not inflamed. It hurts when I move a certain way, and if I eat greasy food. What could it be?what can I do

Pain: It would be a good idea to repeat your bloodwork including a CBC with diff, CMP, lipase, urinalysis with culture. Consider a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis as well. See a doctor. There is always a reason why there is pain, even when tests are normal. See another doctor in person if your current doctor can't give you answers. ...Read more

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Had ultrasound of gallbladder what is overlying bowel? Is this bad?

Had ultrasound of gallbladder what is overlying bowel? Is this bad?

See answer: Bowel contains air, which is impervious to ultrasound. The location of bowel in the abdomen is somewhat variable – it can be postioned more anterior (front) or posterior (back). If the bowel is located between the skin surface and the gallbladder it is said to be “overlying” it, and visualization of the gallbladder may be obscured by the bowel which could block the ultrasound beam. This is not. ...Read more

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Gallbladder stones are visible on ultrasound?

Gallbladder stones are visible on ultrasound?

Ultrasound: Is an excellent and noninvasive imaging study to assess for gallstones. ...Read more

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What should I expect in a gallbladder ultrasound?

What should I expect in a gallbladder ultrasound?

Little: A gallbladder ultrasound is not very different from an ultrasound done during pregnancy. The gel that they use can be cold, but the test per se is not uncomfortable. When done for patients with acute inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis), pressing the ultrasound probe on the gb will be tender. ...Read more

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Unable to find gallbladder in ultrasound. Is that bad?

Repeat study: Make sure you haven't had it removed (sometimes folks forget)!
Most commonly the gallbladder is contracted and repeating the exam (after 12 hours of fasting) is advised. A contracted gallbladder can occur in the setting of chronic cholecystitis. Sometimes the gallbladder is in a location that makes it hard for the technologist to find. Lastly, some people are born without them (very rare!). ...Read more

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Can you tell me about gallbladder ultrasound concerns!?

Can you tell me about gallbladder ultrasound concerns!?

Gallbladder: Gallbladder ultrasound is good for evaluating gallstones, cholecystitis, detecting gallbladder masses, abnormal gallbladder distension, gallbladder sludge, and various other gallbladder related entities. ...Read more

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Is it possible to see my baby if I'm getting a gallbladder ultrasound?

Not usually: The uterus is often lower than the gallbladder and a fetal examination is focused there. ...Read more

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All my symptoms point to gallbladder problems, but ultrasound shows my gallbladder is fine.?

All my symptoms point to gallbladder problems, but ultrasound shows my gallbladder is fine.?

Biliary dyskinesia?: This is a functional problem with the gallbladder and can occur without stones. Ask your doctor if it is appropriate to do a CCK-HIDA scan (nuclear medicine), and pay particular attention whether the injection of the CCK reproduces your pain. Treatment is gallbladder removal or observation if not severe. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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It could be possible that a gallbladder still show up normal in an ultrasound when symptoms are present?

Yes, under two: Conditions: acalculous cholecystitis and biliary dyskinesia. And although ultrasound is a very accurate test for stones, it is close but not 100%. In a very small percentage of patients, gallstones are present on surgically removed gallbladders even when the ultrasound was negative. Biliary dyskinesia is a condition where gb does not empty properly and causes pain. Ask your GI specialist. ...Read more

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Gallbladder was found partially contracted during ultrasound, was fasting for 9 hours.what does that mean?

Implies inflammation: The gallbladder is a sac which stores bile. It releases its bile in response to hormones for help with digestion. There are two main reasons the gallbladder would be contracted. Most commonly In response to a recent meal. If you have fasted for 9 hours, I would expect your gallbladder to be full with bile. Partial contraction implies scarring from inflammation either currently or in the past. ...Read more

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How many millimeters is considered an abnormally thick gallbladder wall on an ultrasound for a 30-year-old male?

How many millimeters is considered an abnormally thick gallbladder wall on an ultrasound for a 30-year-old male?

Depends: More than 3-6 mm may be thickened, but this alone means nothing & must be taken into context with other ultrasound findings. Are gallstones present? Liver disease, cirrhosis or ascites can cause false thickening of the gallbladder wall. A contracted empty gallbladder can also have false gallbladder wall thickening. Need more details than just the GB wall. ...Read more

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Had ultrasound on gallbladder but there is another black circle above the gallbladder I am wondering what it could be?

Cyst: It is very hard to tell without seeing it but most "black" holes are without echoes and are cysts. ...Read more

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My friend had an ultrasound the other day and on the notes they have put that his gallbladder was not well distended, what does this mean?

Had he eaten.: For an ultrasound of the gallbladder to be diagnostically useful one has to fast for at least six hours before the test. If he had eaten within that time frame, the gallbladder may have not been well distended. ...Read more

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Gallbladder pain but ultrasound normal, what to do?

Gallbladder pain but ultrasound normal, what to do?

You may need further: Imaging and testing. You can still have gallbladder pain without evidence of inflammation (cholecystitis) or stones (cholelithiasis). Other tests can be done to evaluate gallbladder function and emptying including a hida scan. A discussion with your primary care doctor about your symptoms is warranted and you probably need a further workup. ...Read more

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Ultrasound test result says "the gallbladder is physiologically distended." What does this mean?

It is normal: If abnormal might be contracted (not distended) as in chronic cholecystitis or dilated in the setting of bile duct obstruction. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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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


Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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