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Absence of embryo gallbladder. My wife is in the 23 week of pregnacy and doctors fail to vision the gallbladder. We are going for specific exams like amnioparakentesis and magnetic tomografie. The big question is: if all the exams dont indicate something other than a normal pregnancy and finally we have a baby with no gallbladder, how this will affect the quality of the baby s life. CAN THE ABSENCE OF THE GALLBLADDER BE A REASON TO STOP PREGNANCY? we want our baby to have a normal life and not be dependadt of doctors all her life if you know what we mean. Finally can this absence cause other health problems after the babys born (like diabetes or heart problems)?? We looking forward to heraing from you. Thank you for your time.

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replied June 6th, 2010
Gallbladder Disease Answer A12919
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out.

I can understand the pain and agony which you are going through. Agenesis (non-development) of the gall bladder is one of the rare congenital abnormalities.

An ultrasound an MRI is definitely desired before jumping to any conclusions. There’s a possibility of ectopic (present at a different site) localization of the gladder.

In such a scenario, usually an ultrasound of the parents is also done and in case they have absent gall bladder and are leading a normal life, this is certainly reassuring.

In around 40% of patients, there’s some associated abnormality like non development of the biliary duct (which carries bile into the intestine from the liver) or cystic fibrosis (there’s a thickening of the secretions and increased predisposition of infections).

In these scenarios, the overall prognosis is not good. If there’re no associated congenital malformations, the prognosis is usually good.

Please do consult a gastroenterologist for the same. I sincerely hope this information helps. Take care.

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