Gallbladder dysfunction or disease is mainly caused by inflammation of this small pear-shaped gland located behind the liver. The common gallbladder dysfunctions include gallstones, cholecystitis, choledocholithiasis, acalculous gallbladder disease, sclerosing cholangitis, biliary dyskinesia, gallbladder polyps, and cancer.
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Is gallbladder removal necessary for gallbladder stones, infection, and polyp?
Query: Hello doctor,I had stomach pain, and I did an abdomen ultrasound to find the cause. The reports showed gallbladder stones, infection, and polyps. But I am not sure whether my pain is related to my gallbladder or something else. I had an endoscopy done, and it showed multiple ulcers, and the biopsy s... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your pain seems to be related to H. pylori gastritis. Considering your gallbladder issues, it has sludge, small calculus, and poly of size 0.19 inches. For gallbladder removal, you can consider cholecystectomy. The only thing that is concerning is that polyps could someti... Read Full »
Can excess gas cause floating stools?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 47 year old male. I have noticed floating stools for about two months. This may have been going on longer, but I just noticed two months ago and historically, this is not normal for me. Consistency is solid with somewhat limited quantity and more like you would expect with constipa... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms are consistent with malabsorption of fat and lactose intolerance. There are various causes of malabsorption and indeed lactose intolerance, pancreatic insufficiency and gallbladder dysfunction are some of the well known causes. Bloating and sof... Read Full »
Kindly suggest a permanent solution for my repeated vomiting episodes.
Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from vomiting for a long time. I had a consultation with an MD, and they gave me medicine for the same. They told me that I am affected by gastric problems and acidity. Still, I am suffering from the same problem with forceful vomiting. Sorry, I forgot their prescriptio... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I completely understand your concern and I know it can be very frustrating to suffer from repeated episodes of vomiting since long time. There are numerous causes of repeated vomiting since long like 1. Obstruction in esophagus, stomach, and intestines. 2. Chronic inf... Read Full »
Why did my doctor suggest gallbladder removal for right upper abdomen pain?
Query: Hi doctor, About a month ago, I experienced acute pain in my right upper abdomen and that radiated to my back. It happened after I had a high fat meal that night. The pain lasted for hours and continued as a dull ache for the next week. I made an appointment with a gastroenterologist and he advised ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. Such description of pain is usually seen in the gallbladder issues as well as acid reflux disease. There is no point in taking a second opinion from a gastroenterologist as he would suggest the same. Actually, his suggestion is right. ... Read Full »
Why do I have excruciating lower abdominal pain despite normal ultrasound?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 38 year old woman. I have been having excruciating pain in my right abdominal area, below my right breast. The pain travels to my back and gets unbearable at times. I have been throwing up today, and my temperature is low since the past five days. This has been going on for a... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This lower abdominal pain might me due to acalculous cholecystitis, which means gall bladder dysfunction and pain without gallbladder stones. The test of choice is a HIDA (hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid) scan since the ultrasounds are usually normal and may not ... Read Full »
What is the cause of having recurrent episodes of vomiting in my daughter?
Query: Hello doctor, Last year my daughter decided to go on an all vegetarian diet rather drastically. A few weeks later, she got ill with vomiting which lasted for approximately two weeks, so we made three visits to the urgent care, where she was treated for gastritis and dehydration. One month later, the... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have two theories here, but I would need a little more information if you would not mind sharing. 1. Has she ever been tested for G6PD (glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase) deficiency? 2. During these episodes did she get a CBC (complete blood count) done? 3. Was it c... Read Full »
My 11-year-old son got acute periumbilical abdominal pain. Can he have gallstones?
Query: Hello doctor, My 11 year old son has acute periumbilical abdominal pain after waking up and vomited a couple of times. Before, he used to wake up with mild to moderate pain, but three days back he had severe pain. The pain got relieved half way to the ER, so we came back home. I noticed early th... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The symptoms and the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) are pointing towards cholelithiasis. Also, this is more likely since you have mentioned in your history you have the same issue. Depending on the type of stones, the next step is either removal... Read Full »
My stomach hurts a lot after eating. Can I have gallbladder disease?
Query: Hi doctor, I think I have a gallbladder disease. My stomach hurts every time after I eat. The pain is in the middle of my stomach and my back. Does it sound like gallbladder disease? Is it something I should go to my doctor or ER? My mother and grandmother had their gallbladder removed, so it may be... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is a genetic element in gallbladder diseases, which means that you are at a greater risk of having gallbladder disease since you have a family history. The pain you are describing is consistent with gallbladder stones, especially if it increases after meals and on l... Read Full »
I have increased ALT, AST and GGT. What does it indicate?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28 year old male. Recently I went through LFT tests. It was found that I have increased ALT 147, AST 59 and GGT 80. What I have to do now? I am non-alcoholic. Please guide. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query on icliniq.com. Increased ALT (alanine transaminase), AST (aspartate aminotransferase) and GGT (gamma-glutamyl transferase) indicates liver injury or gallbladder injury. I would suggest you to carry out ultrasound examination of abdomen to rule ou... Read Full »
Does it mandatory to get immediate surgery for gallstones?
Query: Hello doctor, My friend is having a gall bladder stone. We consulted few doctors, some are saying the immediate operation is needed otherwise it will be cancerous and some are saying no immediate action is required. She is having pain in her right side of the upper abdomen and also in the middle. I ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern about symptoms complex and ultrasound findings and whether surgery is the answer to your problem. Well, first of all, I want to clear that you do not have stones in the gallbladder. They are concretions. It is a medical term and they ar... Read Full »