Wondering if your gallbladder pain warrants the removal of this organ even though you don’t have gallstones?
“Gallbladder dyskinesia [impairment of movement] is a motility disorder that affects the gallbladder,” explains Akram Alashari, MD, a trauma surgeon at Geisinger Medical Center in PA, and author of “THE POWER OF PEAK STATE.”
“Patients with this condition present with biliary-type pain, and investigations show no evidence of gallstones in the gallbladder,” continues Dr. Alashari.
“The diagnosis is made by performing a gallbladder ejection fraction, which is a radionuclide investigation.”
This procedure is called a HIDA scan. “An abnormal gallbladder ejection fraction has a value less than 40 percent.
“Patients with an abnormal gallbladder ejection fraction should undergo cholecystectomy [removal of this organ]. This procedure has been shown to be effective in curing the symptoms in over 90 percent of patients.”
Dr. Alashari was formerly with Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in SC as an abdominal and critical care surgeon. Learn more about THE POWER OF PEAK STATE.
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