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What does a moderately distended gallbladder indicate?

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Dr. Indranil Ghosh


Practicing since :2004

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Posted on Tue, 21 Aug 2018 in General Health
Question: What does it mean when the CT scan says the gallbladder is moderately distended, and 12 weeks later the report says the gallbladder appears to be contracted? (Husband was diagnosed with locally advanced pancreatic cancer on 10/24/17)
Answered by Dr. Indranil Ghosh 39 minutes later
Brief Answer:
some biliary drainage procedure can cause this

Detailed Answer:

Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

At the time of diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, usually there is blockage of biliary channel which causes distension of gall bladder. But if some procedure like biliary stenting has been done, that relieves the obstruction and gall bladder distension resolves. Then gall bladder can look contracted.

If you can provide the treatment history and reports of the initial and current CT scan then I may be able to interpret better.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Indranil Ghosh 22 minutes later
How significant or non, if the size of the tumor goes from 4.3 x 3.8 mm to 4.0 x 3.6?
Answered by Dr. Indranil Ghosh 15 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Stable disease

Detailed Answer:
It will be considered minimal change and reported as stable disease. Which means disease has neither grown or shrunk significantly.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care
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