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My Baby Doesnt Have a Gallbladder...

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My name is marissa. If you have read any of my other posts, than you are probably aware that I have a disabled 9 month old son. After having an ultrasoung performed on his liver, kidneys, abdomen and scrotum, it was discovered that he had been born without a gallbladder. So far the doctors are not worried. Nothing has been decided. He is on a special formula. Does anyone have any input on this situation? Have any of you ever heard of a baby without a gallbladder? If so, what was the outcome?


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desperately seeking answers.
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replied December 1st, 2004
Re: My Baby Doesnt Have a Gallbladder...
a-lil'mama*2 wrote:
my name is marissa. If you have read any of my other posts, than you are probably aware that I have a disabled 9 month old son. After having an ultrasoung performed on his liver, kidneys, abdomen and scrotum, it was discovered that he had been born without a gallbladder. So far the doctors are not worried. Nothing has been decided. He is on a special formula. Does anyone have any input on this situation? Have any of you ever heard of a baby without a gallbladder? If so, what was the outcome?



Thankyou,
desperately seeking answers.


as long as your son's common bile duct (the duct that carries bile from the liver to the small intestines) is open, he should do fine.
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replied January 12th, 2005
Anonymous
Born Without a Gallbladder
Hello:

i am a 35 yr old man born without a gallbladder. In 2003 I found out that I was born without a gallbladder. All my childhood I had been experiencing pain, nauseaness, sick to the point that I couldn't eat! I remember when I was younger, a child, I went to the Dr. Because my stomach was hurting really bad, so bad that I had to ball up in a knot to try and relieve the pain, but in actuality nothing worked. The Dr. Results were that I had a case of (ulcers!!). But I wasn'nt buying it. As the years grew my sickness started increasing more and more as time passed me by. Back in 2002, I experienced severe pains in my stomach, so severe that I had to be driven to the e.R., they recommended me to see my local doctor and he recommended me to a gasterologist. I went back and foward to that gasteronologist for a period of 7-8 months. My gasteronologist did every test possible on me and they all came back negative of any sickness. So he recommended me to a gallbladder specialist and that specialist final result were that I had a gallbladder disease. I agreed that I was going to get it(gallbladder) removed, but when I had the laprioscopic surgery, I found out that I didn't have a gallbladder and I was 1 out a million that was born without one. I was very confused and disturbed after I found out that I didnt have a gallbladder. After that, I started to get sicker and sicker so I went to another doctor in another city and they ran tests and all on me to find out my problem. They too said that I was 1 out-of-500,000 to be born without a gallbladder. After all that, their results were that I had acid reflux disease. I've tried every pill on the market, and I am getting very disstressed with doctors. I am now taking prevacid and I have been taking them for about 5-6 months. In actuality, nothing really changed. Out of 30 days in a month, I am sick at least 25 of those days. I am tired of being sick and I wish that some doctor would read this forum and help me please! I am in desperate need of this unusual case of medical attention. I have 3 kids that I want to live to see when they get grown. There are many strange symptoms I expeirenced: sickness of the stomach, vomiting, gagging, can't eat, soft stool, belching, headaches, stiff neck, aches, pain, and many more. Every test I taken and every doctor i've seen have told me that I am a healthy young man, but the more I try to explain, it seems as if they doubt me of my health. I know that I am not mentally insane or am I over -reacting. My family thinks that this is all in my mind, but it's real. I am really fighting for my life. Image being sick and not able to eat when you are hungry?

Lonnie

p.S. I hope you respond to this post! If u know anyone who can help me please let me know.
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replied June 10th, 2011
Hello!
I have been sick just like you the past couple months and they have done every test under the sun and I just got an ultrasound to find out if it was my gallbladder and they couldn't find one. I have been put on prevacid for acid reflux and also carafate, which I take before EVERY meal and lortab for my severe chest pain. Like you nothing has helped, medicine wise. They have surgeries to cure acid reflux and I am going to request it be done. I CAN'T live like this! I feel your pain Lonnie!

Cami
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replied September 12th, 2005
Anonymous
Born Without a Gallbladder
My mom too just found out last year 2004 that she was born without a gallbladder. Most of her life she has suffered a lot of pain and fever but doctors were unable to properly diagnose the problem until last year. She underwent surgery to remove some stones that had formed and after that felt little or no pain for several months. Recently though she started having pain again along with high fever so she'll have to go see the doctor again to see what's going on.
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replied October 5th, 2005
I dont really see why a person needs a gall bladder...As many people get them removed...Cuz they can cause a person to get sick, my friend just had hers removed...As she got severely sick from it.
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replied October 28th, 2005
Anonymous
I Guess I Don't Have a Gallbladder
Good day to all
in april 2005 I got severe pains on my right side. I went to my physcian and he examined me and stated that he thought it was my gallbladder. He sent me for a ultrasound, which came back inconclusive according to the surgeon. The surgeon ordered another ultrasound. Got the call that it was definetly my gallbladder and schedule me for surgery. Had operation in oct. Guess what I did not have a gallbladder for them to remove, but they did fix a hernia. Jokes on me. I still have pain on my right side but I guess it is to early to tell.
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replied January 21st, 2006
Anonymous
Born Without a Gallbladder
I too was born w/o a gallbladder. I was admitted into the hospital with what they diagnosed as a gallbladder attack, during the surgery, they discovered there was nothing to remove. That particular surgeon almost killed me because he did not see that the pressures of my bile duct were so severe, it was leaking bile into my liver. Luckliy, I went to a gastroenterologist that was able to diagnose me correctly, performed an ercp and put a stent in my ducts to open them up. 3 months later had to have another ercp to remove the stent. Since then, I have had no problems with my stomach. This all occured in 1995.
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replied February 14th, 2006
Anonymous
Born Without a Gall Bladder
My nephew was born without a gall bladder he had a birth defect known as gastro skesis and he has been in and out of the hospital and has had his feedings shut off and 3 different surgeries... His bowlls were disconnected at birth also but they re attched them... They've did lab work and everything comes back negative and he dones't have a blockage but everytime he eats he poops it out. Its like hes not absorbing the food...So therefore he's not getting any nutrients... The nurses say that it is fine and that ppl can live without a gall bladder... But yeah... Thats when they are older and they have it removed... They are not born without one... Can ne one help me?? I really don't want to lose my new baby nephew all b/c of some dumb nurse.
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replied March 4th, 2006
Anonymous
Gallbladder
If we didn't need a gallbladder, I would think the god who designed us, would have left it out of the original parents. My understanding, is that the gallbladder is a storage tank for bile, from the liver, to aid in the digestion of fats. Its like dawn dish soap, it breaks down fats so they can be easily absorbed through the gi tract and utilized as food. Once the bile has done this in the small intestine, it is reabsorbed in the large intestine, and shipped back to the liver for resuse. The problem comes in with many bad oils used in modern day cooking, poor eating habits, drugs that affect the liver, thus causing poor bile production and a sludging up of the gallbladder, and the list goes on. If you hae been born with out a gallbladder, then you want to eat a diet low in fats, and limit your alcohol, caffine, and tylenol intake, or anythiny that stresses the liver or would over load the gallbladder if you had one. When were young our bodies can make adjustments for us, but when we get a little older, if begins to show signs of not being able to withstand our poor judgements in food intake, whether it be the type of food or beverage or the amounts of a food or beverage that is toxic to different systems of the body. Go to your local healthfood store, or research the internet, as to foods that aggravate the gallbladder, and tax the livers ability to do its job. I'm not saying you should try and medicate yourself, with a doctors supervision, but you can fine a lot of information about the proper diet for a digestive system with a poor ability to metabolize fats.
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replied February 16th, 2008
i went in for gallbladder surgery as well and i.. was born without a gallbladder and my bile ducts, doctors didnt know until about a year ago. i am a healthy 18 year old female and i turned out just fine.
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replied February 20th, 2008
Born with no gallbladder
I found out in January that I don't have a gallbladder. Or at least they haven't found it yet. Unfortunately, it was during surgery to remove my gallbladder that it was found I don't have one. I ended up in a St. Louis hospital with a specialist performing ERCP. After all was said & done, I spent several days in hospital, had three surgeries, and they still have not located my gallbladder. I am 40 yr old female. I guess it is possible to live entire life without one.
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replied July 13th, 2008
No gallbladder
Hi, I wanted to suggest that you try reading the book Ultra-metabolism. I have no gallbladder and remember the stomach aches were really bad when I was little. Since reaching adulthood, I began eating well and working out quite a bit. I have no problems now and suggest a really good diet and a really aggressive workout regime. Good luck.
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replied November 6th, 2008
Wow, I never realized that there were that many people out there that were born without a gallbladder. I have been having pains in my right side for almost 6 years now. I have been to numerous emergency rooms for it and have seen a specialist for 6 months a few years ago now. All of it has been to no avail. All of the test performed show that my gallbladder is functioning perfectly but when they do an ultrasound no doctor can find it. The specialist that I was seeing was convinced that I had just had it removed when I was a baby and didn't remember it even though I have absolutely no scars. He told me that it was impossible to be born without one. Now I see that he was wrong. The pains come and go for me. Sometimes it is a year between the pain. It all started after I had my 2nd son that was breach and had to be turned before I gave birth. Since then I have just been miserable. I think I may have a gallbladder still and it was just moved in that procedure and no doctor has looked in the right place. Either way it doesn't help with dealing with the horrible pain. Why can't doctors ever just listen to a patient when they try to tell them what they think the problem could be??
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replied January 30th, 2009
Born with no gallbladder
I would suggest anyone with this problem seek medical attention immediately. My aunt has been having problems for years. She was a heavy set woman and lost a lot of weight last year without trying. Recently, she has suffered from constant diarrhea. So much that she was so dehydrated that an IV couldnt be put in. They decided that she needed her gallbladder removed. During surgery, it was discovered that she had NO gallbladder. The surgeon said that bacteria had eaten away her gallbladder. She was moved to another hospital to have another surgery. It was during this surgery that the family was told she was born without a gallbladder. Her insides were full of bile and the bile had produced gallstones. One of the stones had embedded itself into her liver. Her colon had adhered to another organ in her body. The surgery consisted of completey reorganizing her insides. She is now on life support and hoping to pull through it but her blood pressure is fatally low. All of this because doctors didnt listen to her symptoms and discover earlier that she was born without a gallbladder. I'm no doctor but couldnt something as simple as a sonogram show you that it was missing?????
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replied August 13th, 2009
what to do if you don't have a gallbladder
If you do not have a gallbladder weather you were born that way or had it surgically removed as I regretfully did. I have just ordered my tinctures to flush out my liver. It is VERY interesting to learn about what we need to be healthy. It will answer a lot of questions to all of you who want the information.
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replied May 26th, 2010
Also born without a gallbladder

In 2007 I also went in for gallbladder removal and they found that I did not have one but I had a constriction in my bile duct. Went thru a year of ERCPs in which they put in stents to widen it but just like a rubber band being released it did not work. Ended up last year they removed the damaged bile duct and connected my liver to my intestine. I am still having severe URQ pain and they cannot figure out why. But for 62 years I really did not have any problems and was very healthy. I am going from specialist to specialist to get this fixed.
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replied June 11th, 2010
My 7 year old boy has no gallbladder.
I have found out officially that my 7 year old son was born without a gallbladder. He had 3 ultrasounds after a bout with jaundice where they were looking for the blockage in the gallbladder but couldn't find the gallbladder. He was sent to the Children's Hospital where they did a HIDA scan and definitely no gallbladder showed up. I find that he is hungry all the time, but does not eat a lot of food at once. Also he does not eat a lot of any meat but prefers salads. Pretty strange for a 7 year old Canadian boy but i'm not complaining. I am relieved to see that he is not alone and if anyone has any other suggestions on how to avoid pain or specific foods that trigger pains please let me know. Thank you.
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replied December 14th, 2010
BORN WITHOUT A GALLBLADDER
I was diognosed with having gall stones (thgourhg an ultrasound) and last week did a surgery to remove my gall bladder. During surgery they didn't find the gallbladder. Obviously i was born without a gallbladder as i never had any operation before. My question is, did anyone sue the doctors for their mistakes in diognosis and lack of tests?
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replied July 29th, 2011
i'm 18 years old and sense i was a little girl i have always complained of abdominal pain and growing up i can barely eat anything without hurting. when I was 15 they ran a test to see if my galbladder was working, they said they coulnd't see it moving so it needed to be removed. After i woke up from surgery they told me i didn't even have one. They also discovered i have a Pancreas Divism, which means my pancreas has a split in it. it is very rare. I've been back and forth to Duke University Hospital several times. Nothing has helped. I was even told i could never have children. But i have a 5 month old perfectly healthy baby girl. When i got pregnant they told me my body probably wouldn't even be able to handle being pregnant, and i wouldn't be able to carry my baby full term, but i carried my daughter past my due date and everything is fine other than i have to give her special formula or she will throw up constantly.. not just spitting up like babies do, but severely vommiting and heaving.
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replied March 8th, 2013
i was born without a gullbladder as well. i started having really bad stomach pains in'0. i went to my doctor and he recommended me to surgeon almost positive it was my gullbladder. after ultrasounds, the dyes, the scans, they could not find one. still positive it was my gullbladder and telling me that it was my fault that they could not find out, they got into surgery and realized i wasnt lying, it didnt have one. my doctor ordered an allergy test. it came up that i wasnt allergic to anything. we did a colonoscopy which showed that i had allergens in my intestines. which i havent figured out how i have allergens in my intestines if im not allergic to anything....? i still have times that i go 2-3 weeks of not eating much maybe a small sandwich here and there but thats it. otherwise i get shooting pains in my sides. ive got the acid reflux the soft stools this is probably the most frustrating thing ive ever had to live with
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