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Forum Name: Gastroenterology Topics

Question: gallstones?


 Toy - Wed Dec 27, 2006 9:39 am

Is it really possible to have gallstones after you've had your gallbladder removed?
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Wed Dec 27, 2006 5:32 pm

User avatar Hello,

Patients with symptoms after cholecystectomy similar to cholecystitis or gall bladder disease are known to have postcholecystectomy syndrome (PCS).

PCS is caused by alterations in bile flow as a result of removal of the gallbladder. The inappropriate bile flow leads to esophagitis and gastritis and or in others, diarrhea and colicky lower abdominal pain.

Causes include:
Residual or reformed gallbladder
Sphincter of Oddi dyskinesia, spasm, or hypertrophy
Sphincter of Oddi stricture

Endoscopic evaluation and abdominal US help in the diagnosis.
Keep us updated.

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