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Why after 140 years, is the primary surgical treatment for gallstones to still just chop out the gallbladder?

The practice of completely cutting out the gallbladder to "cure" gallstones goes back to 1878 when it was first successfully performed, and which is nearly prehistoric times in medical history and ...
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Gallbladder/Ulcer Pain

Is it possible that duodenal ulcer (diagnosed with an endoscopy) could trigger gallbladder dyskinesia (diagnosed with a HIDA scan).
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Is there any known link between cholecystitis (gall bladder inflammation) and breastfeeding?

I have helped new mothers with breastfeeding for over a decade now. I am often surprised how many end up with their gall bladder removed within the year following birth, many in the first few months. ...
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Why can one not simply remove gallstones, not the whole gallbladder?

The gallbladder is a pouch like organ that can hold little stones that form from cholesterol and other crystals. When people experience pain or other complications from these stones, the common ...
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How does gallbladder removal affects fat digestion?

If I understand correctly, the sole purpose of the gallbladder is to store extra bile that is opportunely released in order to properly digest fat. When the gallbladder is removed, what happens when ...
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How/why is it possible for a body to produce gallstones — yrs after gallbladder was removed?

I had my gallbladder removed a few years ago because I developed pancreatitis out of the blue and my pancreas hemorrhaged... and they never figured it out... so they assumed it was probably a ...
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Squirting noise while sleeping and other non-reproducible times?

I notice about once a week or so I hear a "squirting" sound somewhere within my body. It is fairly loud and is enough to wake me while I am sleeping during early morning. I've not found a real ...
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Correlation between gallbladder disease and pancreatitis

Currently studying basic diagnostic procedure and the topic of pancreatitis comes in. The scenario is that the patient has come in with severe nausea and vomiting. It's already been confirmed via ...
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Can an upper endoscopy spot gallbladder problems?

Something of a followup to a previous question I asked: Is an upper endoscopy (esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD) able to spot gallbladder problems? I have not really found a consistent answer in a ...
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How does removal of the gallbladder affect life expectancy?

Is the gallbladder really just a rudimental organ? If I undergo cholecystectomy, will my life expectancy be shorter than normal because of that?
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Gallstones pain relief?

What suggestions are there for pain relief caused by stones in the gallbladder, while waiting for surgery date? Placing something cold as an ice bag on the area, reduces the pain, and that helps, ...