My hida scan said my gallbladder is working at 29%. What does that mean?

Borderline. That means that after they stimulated your gallbladder, it ejected 29% of the radioactive tracer. Typically if it is less than 30-35% (depending on the lab), it indicates some type of gallbladder dysfunction as the etiology of a person's pain that may be helped by surgical intervention. However, since you are on the borderline, your physician will make a decision based on your clinical condition.
Decreased emptying. May be having delayed and/or decreased emptying of the gallbladder.
Poorly functioning. Poorly functioning galbladder, may indicate chronic cholecystitis.
Abnormal. Normal ejection fractions are usually greater than 50% and generally, an ejection fraction of less than 35% is considered abnormal. A reduced ejection fraction is suggestive, but not specific for chronic cholecystitis or biliary dyskinesia. Clinical correlation is important.
Decreased emptying. Emptying of the gallbladder when you eat. This value is borderline.
Cholesterosis of GB. Most common cause of a low ejection fraction is infiltration of the gallbladder wall by cholesterol. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy has risks as well as benefits. Your symptoms may or may not improve post surgery. Ultrasound is essential for a full workup to look for stones and polyps in the gallbladder..

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If you have a reaction to the hida scan medicattion does that mean your gallbladder is bad?

Pain w Sincalide. Common side effect of sincalide is that it stimulates intestinal motility which can cause cramping abdominal pain if infused too rapidly. Symptoms are not usually seen with 60 min infusion. You may have received sincalide in a shorter period of infusion. The determination of chronic gallbladder disease is based on the ejection fraction (ef). Ef > 35-38 is normal. Read more...
Not necessarily. There are different types of "reaction". Although very rare, it is possible to have an allergic reaction to one of the medicines used during the study..This reaction would have nothing to do with the gallbladder. If a medication is given in attempt to cause your gallbladder to squeeze down...And it is given to fast..It can cause spasm/pain...(as a normal reaction). So..No. Read more...
Depends on sxs. Two medications involved in test. Isotope tc99m hida is injected for first part of test, cck is hormone for contraction of gb. Some people get abdominal pain, others nausea as symptoms of gb disease. if reaction is allergic usually involves hives or respiratory problems. Read more...

Have asked many health questions on here this last year dealing with several health issues. I had a hida scan today and gallbladder is 9% means what?

Sick. Your gall bladder is sick. A normal gall bladder ejection fraction is between 35 & 70% stay in touch with your doctor. The information must be correlated with your symptoms and overall health and a recommendation based on your unique health issues will be given. Read more...
Low clearance. In our lab, a gallbladder ejection fraction below 35% indicates some form of biliary dyskinesia. This means it does not clear or empty as well as it should when stimulated. This can be caused by a number of different issues which need to be considered along with the symptoms to decide if surgery may be helpful. Read more...
Gallbladder desease. That means your gallbladder is not functioning well, it should be over 35%. Read more...
Gb disease. 9% gall bladder ejection fraction is low. Normal usually about 35%.If have symptoms of biliary pain this value usually means gall bladder disease. As long as not on pain medications during or just prior to test, not fasting for prolonged time, not eating before test, then usually results accurate. Read more...

What exactly does it mean when your gallbladder is not showing up on a hida scan?

Many reasons. Non visualization with acute pain can be acute cholecystitis or acalculous cystitis with cystic duct (duct from gb obstruction. If symptoms chronic, then could be related to cystic duct obstruction and /or chronic gb disease, sometimes prolonged fasting, non fasting for sufficient time, and some pain medications can interfere with gall bladder visualization. Read more...
GB/cystic duct prob. In a normal hida scan, radioactive material flows from the liver through the cystic duct into the gallbladder and also through the common bile duct into the intestine. When the gallbladder is not seen, it means either the cystic duct is plugged or the gallbladder is dysfunctional/full of stones or sludge. A gallbladder ultrasound would help. Read more...

Can I get gangrene if my gallbladder fails completely? My hida scan shows its only working 15

Yes still possible. Even with a poorly functioning gallbladder due to the increased potential for stasis and abscess. Read more...
"Apples and Oranges" The cck-hida scan measures gallbladder emptying; it is used for people who do not have gallstones yet have gallbladder symptoms (biliary dykenisia). While there is a place for gallbladder surgery in this setting, this disease does not cause inflammation in the gallbladder--in fact, under the microscope, the gb looks entirely normal. Therefore, you need not worry about gangrene. Read more...
Very unusual. Gangrenous gall bladder is extremely rare and affects predominantly older men with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. If clinical symptoms and hida scan are compatible with diagnosis of gall bladder disease, then surgery may be the answer. Read more...

Can I get gangrene if my gallbladder fails completely? My hida scan shows its only working 15%!

"Apples and Oranges" The cck-hida scan measures gallbladder emptying; it is used for people who do not have gallstones yet have gallbladder symptoms (biliary dykenisia). While there is a place for gallbladder surgery in this setting, this disease does not cause inflammation in the gallbladder--in fact, under the microscope, the gb looks entirely normal. Therefore, you need not worry about gangrene. Read more...
Unlikely. If the ef on hida is 15% that means that there is gb dysfunction. If symptoms are present including pain after meals, nausea etc, surgery may be indicated. See your doctor in consultation to discuss the results of the study. Read more...

I had a hida scan done today, didn't feel any pain with the cck injection. Does that mean my gallbladder is probably fine?

Not necessarily. Though some people with gallbladder abnormalities do feel pain upon cck injection, it is not 100%. This is just one of many pieces of information gained from the hida scan, and in isolation does not necessarily indicate a normal gallbladder. Also, studies show some people with normal hida scans still benefit from having the gallbladder out (if considered a good candidate by a qualified surgeon). Read more...
No. You shouldn't feel pain if cck is administer over 60 minutes. The objective measurement of your gallbladder function is the ejection fraction (ef). This together w images and clinical scenario will determine if your gb is fine or not. Usually an ef of over 35-37% is thought to be normal. Read more...
No. You need to find out what the complete report says. There is more involved in a hida scan than cck injection. Need ejection fraction, uptake time, presence or absence of bowel uptake etc. Read more...
Depends. Results of test depend on visualization of gall bladder and response to CCK, ejection fraction, in conjunction with symptoms of patient, Read more...

Gallbladder inflamed and working at 29% according to hida scan. What are my options? Only surgery? No gallstones.

Depends on your. Symptoms. Rarely, ultrasound fails to detect a small stone. If you are having typical gallbladder symptoms and they are severe, cholecystectomy is one option. Medical treatment is another option. Discuss with a surgeon about specific recommendation regarding your case. Read more...
Maybe, but... Your cck-hida indicates gallbladder dysfunction, which often translates to mean a symptomatic one that warrants surgical removal. There are lots of reasons however for nausea/dyspepsia, and you may want to investigate these (or your symptoms may persist even if the gallbladder is removed, since it may turn out it wasn't the sole reason for your distress). Read more...