Gallbladder/Abdomen Ultrasound

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I've got one on Monday following discovery of a small polyp in my Gallbladder and the fact that I feel poorly after fatty foods.

What can I expect on monday's scan? I know i've got to fast and not drink but are they likely to tell me ANYTHING???

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    The ultrasound will not last long, but they are quite thorough, and I can only speak for when I had mine, but I did ask if they could see anything and he told me he could see gallstones. The report got sent to my GP, so I had to go back to my GP after a couple of weeks. My report showed multiple gallstones with the largest at 2.5cm diameter. It also showed my gallbladder was enlarged.

    The ultrasound itself I found just slightly uncomfortable. I had to breathe in and hold my breath while they pressed quite hard with the instrument. I was uncomfortable for the rest of the day.

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    As Lynne said, the test doesn't last long. They do make you hold your breath and they press down pretty hard. I was sore for quite a while after. The person who did my ultrasound didn't tell me anything, but the doctor called the next day with the results. Hope your ultrasound goes well.

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    Mine didn't hurt. Took 10-15 mins and I had results two hours later. Gallstones! It took another 4-5 months before I had surgery so be prepared for a long wait. We aren't called patients without a reason!

    Eat a low fat diet meantime and smaller meals more often which I found helped relieve the severity of the symptoms and also attacks lasted hours rather than days.

    Hope your scan goes ok.

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    I was told I had gallstones while she was doing the scan. To use her word, 'chokka!' I don't know if that's the right spelling. They said they would keep me in hospital until they could operate. It was a 4 day wait, but that's ok. Best wishes. 

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    Thank you all for replying, I know I have a polyp and I know that these radiographers don't freely give out much information if they can help it.

    I think I will at least ask about the polyp and go from there. I might have someone having a good day and happy to explain what they see (if anything!)

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      When i had my ultrasound in April the sonographer did tell me everything looked clear but it would be looked at by a specialist and a report sent back to my gp. He had the report within a couple of days.

      How did you get on?

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      Hi all she said was she could see the polyp which hadn't grown,

      Guessing I'll just get a letter confirming that and possibly discharged.

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    My scan took less than 10 mins. The radiologist didn't say anything apart from ask if I had a follow up appt booked with GP. The GP receptionist phoned 2 days later to book telephone appt to discuss the results. Did have gallstones and since been referred to a surgeon

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