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What causes gallbladder inflammation and low hemoglobin levels?

hi my dad is in the hospital he is 79 yrs old just had a stent placed in his LAD artery, is on plavix and dropped hgb from 10.9 to 8.1 in the 2 days folowing procedure requiring blood transfusion, did ct scan of abd to check for retroperitoneal bleed which was neg for rp bleed but postitive for gall bladder inflamation. Ive never heard of gall bladder disease causing low hgb unless it were ca and wouldnt stools for occult blood be positive in that case anyway
Tue, 3 Jan 2017
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Hello and welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.

I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

The low Hb doesn't cause the inflammation in the gall bladder, nor the gall bladder inflammation causes low Hb. But it's known that "stressy" heart problems (heart attack, heart surgery, heart procedures) might cause gall bladder problems from time to time.

Mostly these patients have no gall bladder stones or whatsoever. Therefor we call it Acalculous Cholecystitis. Inflammation without gall bladder stones because of problems elsewhere in the body creates immune stress response.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Koen Vermeiren


Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Koen Vermeiren
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