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Does a gallbladder sludge indicate a dysfunctional gallbladder. I have sludg gallbladder and took nuclear med scan yesterday.

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
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In brief: Sometimes

Biliary sludge is a mixture of particulate matter which has precipitated from bile.
It generally consists of cholesterol monohydrate crystals, calcium bilirubinate or other calcium salts.Sludge is almost always an ultrasonographic diagnosis. Prevalence of sludge is relatively low. Complete resolution or progression to gallstones are possible. Sludge formation is probably from gb dysmotility.

In brief: Sometimes

Biliary sludge is a mixture of particulate matter which has precipitated from bile.
It generally consists of cholesterol monohydrate crystals, calcium bilirubinate or other calcium salts.Sludge is almost always an ultrasonographic diagnosis. Prevalence of sludge is relatively low. Complete resolution or progression to gallstones are possible. Sludge formation is probably from gb dysmotility.
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Dr. Larry Wilf
Nuclear Medicine
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In brief: It could

Gallbladder sludge is a mixture of bile, mucous and tiny bits of cholesterol-based and calcium-based particles.
Without sludge, bile naturally passes through the gallbladder from the liver to the duodenum to ultimately help digest fatty foods. However, sludge can just slosh around in the gallbladder causing gallbladder infections and othe problems.

In brief: It could

Gallbladder sludge is a mixture of bile, mucous and tiny bits of cholesterol-based and calcium-based particles.
Without sludge, bile naturally passes through the gallbladder from the liver to the duodenum to ultimately help digest fatty foods. However, sludge can just slosh around in the gallbladder causing gallbladder infections and othe problems.
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Dr. Fidias De Leon
Nuclear Medicine

In brief: Yes and no

Sludge is a common finding specially in women or fertile age, overweight and over forty years old.
The problem is when symptoms appear. If they do then surgery may be indicated. Good luck on the scan.

In brief: Yes and no

Sludge is a common finding specially in women or fertile age, overweight and over forty years old.
The problem is when symptoms appear. If they do then surgery may be indicated. Good luck on the scan.
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