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What are the non shadowing gallstones?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Sludge v. Stones

The preferred mode of identification of gallstones is ultrasound; stones typically are solid and cast a shadow on ultrasound.
Some stones are too small to cast a shadow or may represent "sludge" within the gallbladder. When i see this result on ultrasound, it tells me that there may not be stones; therefore, i would only recommend surgery if the rest of the clinical picture was crystal-clear.

In brief: Sludge v. Stones

The preferred mode of identification of gallstones is ultrasound; stones typically are solid and cast a shadow on ultrasound.
Some stones are too small to cast a shadow or may represent "sludge" within the gallbladder. When i see this result on ultrasound, it tells me that there may not be stones; therefore, i would only recommend surgery if the rest of the clinical picture was crystal-clear.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: The ghost type

When gallstones are not heavily calcified, they are tough to see on x rays.

In brief: The ghost type

When gallstones are not heavily calcified, they are tough to see on x rays.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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