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I just had an ultrasound that said I have 4 gallbladder

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Hi, I just had an ultrasound that said I have 4 gallbladder polyps, (2 more within six months), fatty pancreas and blood tests that show unusally high TIBC values. Should I be worried?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Hello from JustAnswer.
What symptoms are you having that prompted the order for this ultrasound?
Were there any abnormalities of liver blood tests?
Were pancreatic blood tests checked, such as amylase and lipase?
What are the values for the entire iron profile?
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
I had asked for some further information and have not heard back.
These findings on the ultrasound are not necessarily a problem.
If gallbladder polyps are not causing any symptoms or gallbladder dysfunction, then we typically do not perform any interventions for the polyps. However, if gallbladder polyps are causing symptoms or gallbladder dysfunction, then it would be worth considering whether the remove the gallbladder.
Fatty infiltration of the pancreas also is usually not a finding that would be worrisome. However, in a small number of people, fatty infiltration of the pancreas may cause irritation or inflammation of the pancreas, which would be most easily detected by pancreatic blood tests.
The elevated TIBC would only be a separate concern if there is an abnormality of the remainder of the iron profile. The protein that carries iron, transferrin, is an acute phase protein, also called an acute phase reactant. There are several proteins that are acute phase proteins. Any of these proteins will increase as a non-specific response to a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions. We are not concerned about the elevation of acute phase proteins, but we would only address any underlying acute or chronic condition that would cause the increase.
So, whether there should be any concern would depend upon what, if any, symptoms are being caused by these findings.
If I can provide any further information, please let me know.