The Gallstone Elimination Report
Carcinoma usually occurs in late-middle-aged females and many (50-75 ) present already with regional lymph node metastasis and involvement of the gall bladder bed, liver or other direct spread to duodenum, stomach, colon and peritoneum. Calculi (80-90 of cases), chronic inflammatory bowel disease and sclerosing cholangitis are risk factors. Often clinically inapparent and found incidentally as diffuse thickening of the wall at cholecystectomy for gall stones, 10-20 are initially diagnosed by histology of routine blocks, there having been no macroscopic suspicion of tumour. Fundal in location (60 ) and grossly diffuse (70 ) or polypoid (30 ), the vast majority (95 ) are adenocarcinomas of tubular or papillary patterns arising from a sequence of intestinal metaplasia-dysplasia-carcinoma. Assessment of the depth of invasion can be difficult and extension of carcinoma in situ into Rokitansky-Aschoff sinuses must be distinguished from true invasion of the wall. Perineural involvement is...
Follow-up of very low calorie diets reveal that patients are at increased risk of cholesterol gallstones. Low-calorie diets are more likely to be successful if a patient's food preferences are included. Certainly all of the recommended dietary allowances should be met, even if a dietary supplement is needed. During low-calorie diet therapy, educational efforts should focus on the following topics energy value of different foods food composition fats, carbohydrates (including dietary fiber), and proteins reading nutrition labels to determine caloric content and food composition new habits of purchasing (preference to low-calorie) foods food preparation and avoiding adding high-calorie ingredients during cooking (e.g., fats and oils) avoiding overconsumption of high-calorie foods (both high-fat and high-carbohydrate foods) maintain adequate water intake reducing portion sizes and limiting alcohol consumption.
More importantly, the profiles of disease and disability vary substantially across ethnic and cultural groups. Whereas the most prevalent chronic conditions among older non-Hispanic whites are cardiovascular disease, stroke, and cancer, African American elderly evidence elevated rates of hypertension and renal disease, and Hispanic elderly evidence increased rates of diabetes, cirrhosis, and gallbladder disease (Fried & Wallce, 1992 Markides, Rudkin, Angel, & Espino, 1997). Differences in disability rates are also apparent. In comparison to older non-Hispanic whites, for example, older African Americans and Hispanics appear to experience greater rates of disability, whereas the rates among older Asian Americans appear to be lower (Guralnik & Simonsick, 1993). Differences in other factors such as health behaviors associated with mental disorders are also evident. Older African American males, for example, have higher rates of smoking, and older Hispanics have elevated rates of obesity,...
The evidence that childhood overweight increases the risk ofcomorbidity in both childhood and in adulthood emphasizes the need to identify overweight children with other risk factors as early as possible. The Expert Committee (37) also recommends that all children and adolescents with a BMI 85th centile be screened for complications, evaluated, and possibly treated, depending on the findings. The complications that should be sought include hypertension, dyslipidemias, orthopedic disorders, sleep disorders, gallbladder disease, and insulin resistance. In addition, a recent large change in a child's BMI should also be evaluated. The Expert Committee emphasized that clinicians should also seek signs of exogenous obesity such as genetic syndromes, endocrinologic disease, and psychologic disorders. In addition to screening, the committee advocated that an in-depth medical assessment be done for all children and adolescents with a BMI 95th centile.
Excessive secretion of gastric acid, associated with Helicobacter pylori infection, can result in the development of gastric and duodenal ulcers small changes in the composition of bile can result in crystallization of cholesterol as gallstones failure of exocrine pancreatic secretion (as in cystic fibrosis) leads to undernutrition
There is considerable overlap in the clinical features of gall bladder and extrahepatic bile duct disease. Gallstones are often asymptomatic. However, if there is gall bladder outlet obstruction by a stone then progressively severe right-upper-quadrant colicky pain (biliary colic), associated with nausea and vomiting, may be felt. If the stone remains impacted the gall bladder may become infected and acutely inflamed (acute cholecystitis) - this leads to severe constant right-upper-quadrant pain, pyrexia and signs of localised peritonitis. This can progress to an empyema (pus-filled gall bladder). Stone impactation may also lead to a mucocoele, i.e., a dilated gall bladder in which the bile has been resorbed but mucus secretion continues. A mucocoele is heralded by a palpable gall bladder and dull right-upper-quadrant pain. Occasionally in the elderly the gall bladder may perforate leading to generalised peritonitis. Gallstones localised to the cystic duct will occasionally cause...
Cholelithiasis (gall stones) the commonest aetiological agent in gall bladder pathology and classically occurring in fair, fat, fertile, females in their forties. Mixed stones are the most frequent (80 ) formed from an amalgam of bile, cholesterol and calcium, and comprising biliary sludge, calculous gravel or multiple, faceted, laminated stones. Occasionally, stones can be pure such as dark bilirubinate pigment stones in a congenital haemolytic disorder, e.g., spherocytosis, or solitary, large, yellow and cholesterol rich.
Patients with HS will show a moderate anemia, and 50 will show an elevated MCHC of 36 or greater, a significant finding in the CBC. The MCV will be low normal and RDW will be slightly elevated. Taken together, an increased MCHC combined with an elevated RDW adds strong predictive value in screening for HS.7 Increased bilirubin is a frequent finding, owing to continued hemolysis, and younger patients tend to form gallstones. Cholelithiasis, or the presences of gallstones, is a common complication of patients with HS8 and occurs with greatest frequency in adolescents and young adults.
Overweight is now recognized as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and as a contributing factor in the development of other diseases, most notably diabetes and gallbladder disease. In this context, it is important to evaluate and treat the obesity and other risk factors so as to reduce the overall likelihood for developing disease and to reduce the social consequence of being obese. The clinician or therapist who sees an overweight patient needs to obtain certain basic information which is relevant to assessing its risk (Table 9) (100-108). This includes an understanding of the events that led to the development of obesity, what patients have done to deal with the problem, and how successful and unsuccessful they were in these efforts. Several of these items are listed in Table 10. The family constellation is important for identifying attitudes about obesity and the possibility of finding rare genetic causes. Information about the amount of weight gain ( 20 lb or 10 kg) since...
Overweight, central or abdominal fat, weight gain after age 20, and a sedentary lifestyle all increase health risks and increase economic costs of obesity. Intentional weight loss by overweight individuals, on the other hand, reduces these risks. Although data are not yet available, researchers widely believe that long-term intentional weight loss lowers overall mortality, particularly from diabetes, gallbladder disease, hypertension, heart disease, and some types of cancer.
Charcot's sign Right upper quadrant pain, jaundice, fever gallstones. Courvoisier's sign Palpable, nontender gallbladder with jaundice pancreatic malignancy. McBurney's point tenderness Located two thirds of the way between umbilicus and anterior superior iliac spine appendicitis. Iliopsoas sign Elevation of legs against examiner's hand causes pain, retrocecal appendicitis.
History of the Present Illness Vomiting (bilious, feculent, bloody), nausea, obstipation, distention, crampy abdominal pain. Initially crampy or colicky pain with exacerbations every 5-10 minutes. Pain becomes diffuse with fever. Hernias, previous abdominal surgery, use of opiates, anticholinergics, antipsychotics, gallstones colon cancer history of constipation, recent weight loss.
The most commonly occurring steroid is cholesterol (3). Cholesterol is present in practically all living organisms, including blue-green algae and bacteria. The levels of cholesterol in plant tissues are low, except in some pollen and seed oil. Animal products are rich sources of cholesterol cholesterol is present in high concentrations in the myelin sheath and in almost pure form in gallstones. Above-average levels can be found in skin, sperm cells, and egg yolk. Virtually all cell membranes in higher animals include cholesterol as an integral component.
The vast majority of patients with hilar strictures and jaundice have cholangiocarcinoma. However, alternative diagnoses are possible and can be expected in 10 to 15 of patients (40). The most common of these are gallbladder carcinoma, Mirizzi syndrome and idiopathic benign focal stenosis (malignant masquerade). Distinguishing gallbladder carcinoma from hilar cholangiocarcinoma can be difficult. A thickened, irregular gallbladder with infiltration into segments IV and V of the liver, selective involvement of the right portal pedicle, or obstruction of the common hepatic duct with occlusion of the cystic duct on endoscopic cholangiography or MRCP are all suggestive of gallbladder carcinoma. Mirizzi syndrome is a benign condition resulting from a large gallstone impacted in the neck of the gallbladder (Fig. 4). The ensuing pericholecystic and periductal inflammation and fibrosis can obstruct the proximal bile duct, which is often difficult to distinguish from a malignant cause (50-52)....
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Sensitive for bile duct dilatation but dilatation may be subtle in early obstruction and sclerosing cholangitis. Shows gallstones and most forms of hepatic disease. US also shows the level and cause of any obstruction to common bile duct. Discuss subsequent investigations (CT, ERCP, MRCP, etc.) with radiologist.
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Biliary disease (e.g., gallstones, post-cholecystectomy pain) Investigation of choice for exclusion or demonstration of gallstones and acute cholecystitis. Initial study in biliary pain. Cannot exclude common duct stones. I.v. cholangiography is obsolete. To show gallstones and to diagnose and follow pseudocyst development, especially good in thin patients.
A painful condition called acute pancreatitis results from a blockage in the release of pancreatic juice. Trypsinogen, activated as pancreatic juice builds up, digests parts of the pancreas. Alcoholism, gallstones, certain infections, traumatic injuries, or the side effects of some drugs can cause pancreatitis.
Precipitating Factors Alcohol, gallstones, trauma, postoperative pancreatitis, retrograde cholangiopancreatography, hypertriglyceridemia, hypercalcemia, renal failure, Coxsackie virus or mumps infection, mycoplasma infection. Lupus, vasculitis, penetration of peptic ulcer, scorpion stings, tumor. Ultrasound Gallstones, pancreatic edema or enlargement. Disorders Associated with Pancreatitis Alcoholic pancreatitis, gallstone pancreatitis, penetrating peptic ulcer, trauma, medications, hyperlipidemia, hypercalcemia, viral infections, pancreatic divisum, familial pancreatitis, pancreatic malignancy, methyl alcohol, scorpion stings, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, vasculitis.
From an economic standpoint childhood obesity is related to the large increase in the percentage of hospital discharges with obesity related diseases. These include hypertension, diabetes gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, and asthma. Obesity associated hospital costs increased by threefold from 35 million in the late 1970s and early 1980s to 127 million in the late 1990s (Wang and Dietz, 2002).
The patient was a 74-year-old Caucasian man who was admitted to the hospital because of 4-month history of epigastric pain, weight loss of 11 kg and episodes of hematemesis and hemoptysis. The epigastric pain had an insidious onset, was dull, non-radiating, non-exertional, and was not associated with food intake. In addition, he experienced intermittent difficulty in swallowing for which he took antacids with some relief. He also described malaise, hyporexia and nausea. There was a history of hypertension treated with diuretics. The patient also complained about occasional dyspnea on exertion, mild ankle swelling and intermittent claudication. The latter symptoms had developed over a period of a few years, and the patient attributed them to his age. There was no history of rheumatic heart disease, coronary artery disease, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis, hepatitis, change in bowel habits, tuberculosis, bleeding diathesis, or trauma. Surgical history revealed a partial gastrectomy at...
As with other biliary tract tumors, chronic inflammation is a common denominator of associated risk factors. The most common of these risk factors is cholelithiasis, especially large gallstones (123,124). Other conditions leading to gallbladder inflammation, such as chole-cystoenteric fistula and chronic infection with typhoid bacillus bacteria, have also been noted as risk factors for the development of cancer. As with other GI malignancies, a progression from adenoma to carcinoma has been demonstrated within adenomatous polyps of the gallbladder
The diagnosis of hilar cholangiocarcinoma is usually made on evaluation of obstructive jaundice or elevated liver enzymes. Biliary cancers may be clinically silent for long periods of time and it may be many months before a patient bearing such a tumor presents with overt clinical features. Progressive and unremitting jaundice is usually the predominant clinical feature, and diagnostic investigations are largely related to elucidation of the cause of biliary tract obstruction. A minority of patients will present with abdominal pain that may be mistakenly attributed to gallstone disease. While gallstones or even common bile duct stones may coexist with bile duct cancer, in the absence of certain predisposing conditions (e.g., PSC, oriental cholangiohep-atitis), it is uncommon for choledocholithiasis to cause obstruction at the biliary confluence. It is therefore imperative to fully investigate and delineate the level and nature of any obstructing lesion causing jaundice to avoid...
A methanolic extract of baical skullcap has been shown to inhibit fibrosis and lipid peroxidation induced by bile duct ligation or carbon tetrachloride in rat liver. Bile duct ligation in rodents is an experimental model for extrahepatic cholestasis caused by, for example, cholelithiasis (gall stones). Liver fibrosis was assessed by histological observation and by measuring levels of liver hydroxyproline, lipid peroxidation based on malondialdehyde production, and serum enzyme activities. Treatment with baical skullcap significantly reduced the levels of liver hydroxyproline and malondialdehyde, with improved histological findings (Nan 2002).
Get Rid of Gallstones Naturally
One of the main home remedies that you need to follow to prevent gallstones is a healthy lifestyle. You need to maintain a healthy body weight to prevent gallstones. The following are the best home remedies that will help you to treat and prevent gallstones.