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Glaabladder/Hida Scan
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Glaabladder/Hida Scan

Yesterday I had a HIDA scan and my gallbladder did not show up? The xray tech said they could not inject the CCK because it did not show up and they injected me with morphine instead. Why would my ducts and small bowel show up but not the gallbladder? And why can they not use the CCK? Does this mean my gallbaldder is not working, or is this a normal finding. The few people I know that have had a HIDA scan came back normal. Thank You for your time  Kathy
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Hello - thanks for asking your question.

As surgeon has mentioned below, if the gall bladder does not show up, it is likely that the ducts leading to it are blocked.  Obstruction can be caused by stones, tumors, or less frequently parasites or blood clots.  

The next step would be to evaluate what is causing the obstruction.  Imaging with an ultrasound should be performed with not already performed.  An MRCP or ERCP should be considered to evaluate what is causing the blockages in the biliary ducts.  

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Thanks,
Kevin, M.D.
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when the gallbladder doesn't show up, it usually means it's obstructed (usually by a stone) and is a significant finding: it means the gallbladder isn't working right at the time of the test, and typically is considered corroboration of the impression that the person is having gallbladder trouble. It's when it does show up that one is left up in the air: that it is working at the time of the scan doesn't mean it wasn't malfunctioning at some other time.
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I should have added that they don't use CCK when the gallbladder doesn't show up: it's use is to evaluate how the gallbladder empties. So if it didn't fill in the first place, how it empties becomes moot.
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Hello all. Friday August the 9th I had the hida scan, it showed a 25%, do ya'll think that my physican will opt for surgery? I am in constant discompfort and nausea, and constipation. This has been on going for at least 2 months. Any advice? Thanks
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