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I had a gallbladder ultrasound. A mild prominence of the common

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I had a gallbladder ultrasound. A mild prominence of the common bile duct measuring 8.5 was identified. Their are a few mobile low level echoes within the lumen of the gallbladder consistent with biliary sludge. No cholelithiasis is identified. There is no evidence of gallbladder wall thickening.. I have pain under my left rib and dark urine in the morning. How serious is this?
Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing Internal Medicine Physician. Excellent service is my goal.

Thanks for this excellent question

This is the equivalent of gall stones.

You likely have gall bladder disease causing your pain and symptoms

I would recommend simply that you have the gall bladder removed.

It is a non essential organ, surgery is easy and common. The protonix doesn't have anything to do with it but if its not helping then you shouldn't take it.

I hope this helps.

If you have more questions, just reply. :)
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

When you say gallbladder disease, could this be a bile duct or pancreatic cancer?

No, just the gall bladder.

The sludge causes obstruction which dilates the duct

Not cancer
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