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Old 05-13-2006, 08:41 PM   #1
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Question Pediatric gallstone help

Hi, I'm looking for any information on treatment (other than removal of gallbladder) for my Kindergarten daughter. She has confirmed gallstone for about a year now, already calcified. She is tall but very thin for her age. She has had repeated GERD problems, pain, lump in her throat, etc. Any information is greatly appreciated. Thanks

 
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Old 05-13-2006, 08:53 PM   #2
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Re: Pediatric gallstone help

Unfortunately, there is no treatment for gallstones other than removal of the gallbladder. There are some medications that can dissolve certain stones, but I don't think they would work for calcified stones, plus they take a very long time and are often unsuccessful anyway. The good news is that removal is generally a fairly simple procedure. In most adults, it's done on an outpatient basis, with return to work within a week or two. But your reluctance is certainly understandable, especially if your daughter is not experiencing typical gallbladder pain or symptoms. Has your doctor recommended gallbladder removal as a way to fix her symptoms? I had GERD before the surgery and I still do afterwards, so that wasn't the answer for me. A lot of times, gallstones can be asymptomatic. So the two problems may be unrelated. Has she had a HIDA scan? This is a nuclear medicine test that will show how the gallbladder is functioning. It could be helpful in deciding what to do.

 
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Thanks for your reply. No, she has not had a HIDA scan...I will check into that. She does sometimes double over in pain and during the worst of it her right arm and shoulder will hurt. I will certainly check into the scan. Her symptoms come and go over a period of weeks. Sometimes she will feel great for a few weeks and then she just seems to go down and feel yucky, usually ending in severe stomach pain that will eventually taper off over a few days. She is tough and rarely complains so when she does mention it, I imagine the pain is pretty bad. Her doctor did say the next episode she had, we needed to take her gallbladder. Her only further testing is during the pain she would get another u/s to see if her gallbladder was enlarged or something. Then allow it to subside and remove it. Thanks so much for your input.

 
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