It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Digestive Disorders Message Board

Pediatric gallstone help

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-13-2006, 08:41 PM   #1
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 2
R2345 HB User
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

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 05-13-2006, 08:53 PM   #2
Senior Veteran
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,718
kehorner HB Userkehorner HB Userkehorner HB Userkehorner HB Userkehorner HB Userkehorner HB User
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.

Old 05-16-2006, 08:55 AM   #3
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 2
R2345 HB User
Re: Pediatric gallstone help

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.

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Pediatric RSD Dr. in San Diego, CA? debkat Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) (CRPS) 1 02-23-2010 10:56 AM
Gallstone nausea question her70cuda Digestive Disorders 17 12-27-2009 10:02 AM
Pain from gallstone or not? p0506img Digestive Disorders 33 05-14-2009 05:28 PM
Pediatric Grave's! jen9803 Thyroid Disorders 2 04-13-2008 06:12 AM
1.1cm Gallstone Nedd Help zindy Digestive Disorders 4 07-19-2007 07:41 AM
gallstone attack & thyroid nodule zindy Thyroid Disorders 7 06-26-2007 10:34 AM
need help on gallstone removal zindy Digestive Disorders 1 06-22-2007 12:42 PM
should i be concern 1.1cm gallstone zindy Digestive Disorders 4 06-21-2007 07:38 AM
Gallstone Attack + Gallbladder disease Please help..... Isaac Gallbladder 1 09-04-2003 07:05 AM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:30 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!