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Old 07-31-2007, 10:03 AM   #1
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HIDA scan normal

Well, so much for hoping the HIDA scan would show something...it was normal. So, here I sit with the same symptoms as before, nausea after eating, severe RUQ pain intermittently, but especially after fatty foods...the pain still wraps around under my shoulder blade, pain under the breastbone. So, I see a GI specialist in the middle of August. Any idea what they will look for now? Could it just be severe reflux???

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Old 07-31-2007, 11:12 AM   #2
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Re: HIDA scan normal

hi, im due a scan to check for gallstones next month. my doctor thinks its highly likely i have them, due to the length of time my attacks last. but he also said it could be gall bladder spasm instead. i guess you will know more when you have seen the specialist.

 
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Re: HIDA scan normal

Jennie,
Did they just do a HIDA scan, or did they do a HIDA scan with CCK injection? I had my gallbladder removed on Friday, and my HIDA scan was normal (e.g the isotope traveled from my liver, to gallbladder, to small intestine in the appropriate time periods. However, in the second phase of the test, they injected the CCK to cause my gallbladder to contract and expel its contents (as it would after a meal) and it did so maximally at 8.3% after 6 minutes. So, what I'm getting at is that I had a NORMAL HIDA scan, but a very ABNORMAL ejection fraction. If they didn't do the second part of the test with the CCK, insist that they do it. This will tell the story as to how well your gallbladder functions. Good luck.

 
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Re: HIDA scan normal

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hi, im due a scan to check for gallstones next month. my doctor thinks its highly likely i have them, due to the length of time my attacks last. but he also said it could be gall bladder spasm instead. i guess you will know more when you have seen the specialist.
what is the length of time that your attacks last?

 
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Re: HIDA scan normal

Yep, they did the CCK. That wasn't so fun. Everything is normal.

 
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Re: HIDA scan normal

While the HIDA scan is an important test, you can still have a normal test result and have periodic gallbladder problems.

If they have also done an ultrasound to look for stones and nothing is found you can have a situation where the walls of the gallbladder are abnormally thick and inflamed; there are drugs that will impact on whether the gallbladder contracts when it is supposed to.

Sounds like the original poster has all the symptoms of gallbladder disease.

 
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