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Is Surgery Always Necessary for Gallstones?

Posted 7 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 – Gallbladder removal may not always necessary for gallstone pancreatitis, a new study suggests. Gallstone pancreatitis occurs when one or more gallstones gets stuck in a duct in the pancreas. This blocks pancreatic enzymes from leaving the pancreas and traveling to the small intestine to aid in digestion. When those enzymes back up into the pancreas, it causes inflammation and pain, according to the American College of Gastroenterology. The standard treatment is to remove the gallbladder within 30 days to prevent a recurrence, researchers said. The study included information on more than 17,000 cases of gallstone pancreatitis in the United States. All occurred between 2010 and 2013. The patients all had private insurance and were under the age 65. Seventy-eight percent of the patients had their gallbladders removed within the recommended 30 days of their initial ... Read more

Related support groups: Pancreatitis, Chronic Pancreatitis, Gallbladder Disease, Gallstones, Gallbladder Obstruction w/o Calculus

The Scoop About Healthy Poop

Posted 25 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2016 – Your bowel movements can offer important clues about your health, a doctor says. If bowel movements feel comfortable, then it's likely all is well, said Dr. Gabriel Neal, a family medicine doctor and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine. "Normal bowel movements are relatively soft but dense. They should be any shade of brown or green," Neal said in a college news release. Viruses and bacteria in the intestinal tract can cause stool discoloration, diarrhea or blood in the stool. The color of the blood can help your doctor pinpoint the location of the infection. "If an infection is in the lower intestines or colon, then the blood in your stool is going to be red. If you find black blood, then the blood has oxidized and is from higher up in your digestive tract, such as the stomach or upper intestines," Neal said. People with gallbladder ... Read more

Related support groups: Diarrhea, Constipation, Crohn's Disease, Constipation - Chronic, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Gallbladder Disease, Constipation - Acute, Diarrhea, Chronic, Diarrhea, Acute, Infectious Diarrhea

Rural Hospitals Often Safer, Cheaper for Common Surgeries: Study

Posted 17 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 – Having a commonplace surgery – such as a gallbladder removal – may be safer when done in a rural hospital compared to a suburban or city hospital, a new study finds. "This study gives credence to what rural surgeons long suspected – that well-done rural surgery is safe and cost-effective," study author Dr. Tyler Hughes said in a University of Michigan news release. Hughes is one of only two surgeons at McPherson Hospital in rural McPherson, Kan., and a director of the American Board of Surgery. Rural hospitals are also called critical access hospitals. They're the closest option for tens of millions of patients living outside major cities and suburban areas, the researchers said. For the study, the researchers reviewed 1.6 million surgeries. They were performed at 828 rural hospitals or 3,600 larger hospitals. Specifically, the researchers compared outcomes ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Gallbladder Disease, Gallstones

Newer Versions of the Pill Pose No Added Risk to Gallbladder

Posted 21 Apr 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 20 – The risk of gallbladder disease is similar for women taking either newer or older types of birth control pills, a new study finds. Recently, there have been concerns about a possible link between a fourth-generation progestin called drospirenone (marketed as Yaz or Yasmin in North America) and gallbladder disease, even though there are no published clinical studies on such an association. Drospirenone is one of the most popular types of birth control pills in North America. In this new study, researchers followed more than 2,700,000 women who used birth control pills containing ethinyl estradiol and a progestin continuously for at least six months. There was no clinically significant difference in the risk of gallbladder disease among women taking different types of birth control pills, including those with drospirenone. Reporting bias may be the reason for why ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Yasmin, Yaz, Ocella, Gianvi, Beyaz, Gallbladder Disease, Safyral, Angeliq, Zarah, Drospirenone/Ethinyl Estradiol, Syeda, Drospirenone/Estradiol, Drospirenone/Ethinyl Estradiol/Levomefolate Calcium

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