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Gall bladder removed due to stones in the bile duct. Had infection. Difficulty in breathing. Reason?

Father in law had stones in bile duct and hen had his gallbladder removed. He then had an infection so they inserted a drainage bag for two weeks. Now he can not breathe after eating. His stomach gets really hard and it suffocates him. He has to press on his belly using a table to gain his breath back. It now happens more often and not after eating. What can this be from?
Asked On : Sat, 30 Mar 2013
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Apr 2013
Hi and welcome to HCM.
First you should rule out intraabdominal fluid accumulation and pleural efusion. You need to do ultarsounds and chest xray. He oviosuly had comlications after surgical procedure and now he should have frequent check ups. ALso it can be casued by postcholecystectomy syndrome and it usually takes few months after this till digestion stabilize. Wish you good health.
Answered: Fri, 3 May 2013
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