HIDA Scan for Gallbladder

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I had a HIDA Scan yesterday and the tech that did it told me he thought my injection fraction was 80%.  Does anyone know what this means?  He also told me he thought everything looked fine.  I have had pain on my right side for almost 10 months and have had a C-Scan, ultrasound and this HIDA scan and so far they cannot find anything.  Yet, I continue with the pain most of the time after I eat (but not all the time).  I don't know what to expect next.  Any suggestions?  Thank you.

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    Ruby,

    I went through the same thing. Pain all the time, nausea, etc.

    Had the HIDA scan and my ejection fraction was over 80%. Surgeon said everything was normal. Surgeon who specialized in biliary issues said that anything over 65-75% is considered hyperactive.

    I had it removed in one and have had no issues whatsoever.

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      I hope you are pain free after having your gallbladder removed.  I didn't think they would take the gallbladder out if the tests showed normal.  So if the ejection fraction is over 65-70 thats considered hyperactive and they will remove it?  Thank you so much for the information and I wish you the Best of Health!
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      Ruby,

      I am pain free, and deal with the occasional loose stools after eating certain foods.

      The first surgeon I saw said that my %, and the pain during the HIDA scan weren't necessary markers of a bad gallbladder.

      The second surgeon saw the report from the Hida scan and asked me "you had pain during the hida?" I told her it was excruciating and she said "that's not normal and your EF % is high."

      My first surgeon was a by the book, "test results tell me everything I need to know" kind of surgeon. The second surgeon understood what I was going though. She sees it a lot where the tests are normal (like my ultrasounds that showed no stones), but the gallbladder is bad. I had 10 medium sized stones and chronic gallbladder disease, even though everything was "normal"

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    This is paper written for doctors but might shed some light on it:  http ://ww w. medscape. com/viewarticle/583730_3  You'll need to remove the spaces I've put in there to allow it to come straight to you without delay by mods.
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    Ruby96281, I too had a CT scan HIDA scan, ultra sound and a million blood tests. My HIDA scan showed me at 75% which means hod much your gallbladder pumps. 80% is good,but you could still have sludge and Billiary colic. Fancy name for bad gallbladder. I did not have any stones and my pain is exactly what you are describing. Had my gallbladder out June 30, 2015. Nothing has changed. Still in constant pain. I have to be carefully of what I eat. Found out yesterday I cannot eat steak.  Do you get heart burn? If so take heart burn Meds regularly.  I have spent a small fortune with excellent insurance after my surgery trying to find out why I'm still in so much pain.  After reading posts here yesterday, I'm not alone. My suggestion to you is make sure you are okay if after surgery you are not immediately better. From what I read, could take a year to get better. I was not told any of this. I was told how much better I will feel. I'm looking forward to that day. I do wish you the best of luck. 
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      Thanks for your reply, bird lover.  I have had GERD for about 30 years and take 40 mg of prisolec a day.  I have now had this pain for ten months and when I had the C-T scan in March they found I had a nonalocholic fatty liver and a tumor on my kidney.  I then had to have the tumor removed and now trying to get my lipids back in order.  I am still waiting to hear about the HIDA scan that I had.  I'm sure that test won't show anything and I'll be right back to where I was before all of the testing.  I don't know what kind of test would be next. 

      I'm sorry to hear that you are feeling 100% better.  I had thought after you would have the gallbladder removed you would feel better but the more I read on line that doesn't seem to be the case.  Good luck to you.

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    I've been having same pain and problems for a very long time. I do have ibs and acid reflux but things have gotten much worse pain radiating to my back. Dr. thought was my gallbladder so had sonagram in November. It showed stones but said were so tiny that she didn't think were causing problems. Also blood test didn't show problems either. They ordered Hida scan yesterday. I never had cck though cause layed there for the hour so had to inject morphine and gallbladder finally showed up. The technician said cause it hadn't showed up that my gallbladder was bad and not taking in any bile and what it showing up after morphine met it was chronic. Called dr. today and told her still felt terrible and she put me on a liquid diet and then after 48 hours go on the brat diet. The doctor assistant also told me that my scan was normal so Im very confused. I don't understand everything I have read says if they have to give morphine to open gallbladder then its bad. Help please?

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