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How do opiods impact HIDA scans ? I am currently experiencing symptoms typical of gall bladder disease; bouts of acute upper right quadrant pain, nausea, vomiting, etc. This has been occurring off and on for years. The frequency has been increasing as of late, used to be every 4-6 months, now it is every couple of weeks. Pain starts and builds over a day and lasts for 3-18 hours then passes. This is accompanied with extreme nausea and vomiting if I eat or drink. Unfortunately, all the tests have been negative. The ultrasound (performed when I was not having an issue) was 'inconclusive' and the HIDA scan showed a normal ejection fraction. It did however, take over 1.75hrs for anythign to start happening. At time, tech said that was odd, GI doc said it was nothing. I am a pain patient and take opiods (Opana ER) as maintenance meds. Can this influence/impact the outcome of the HIDA ?


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replied October 29th, 2010
Gallbladder Disease Answer A16932
Hi, Welcome to the forum. I am really glad to help you out.

Morphine is typically used as part of the protocol in the HIDA scan, because it facilitates gallbladder filling through the cystic duct.

The morphine-enhanced study shortens the exam time to 1.5 hours instead of the 4 hours normally needed. Hence, morphine or opioids do affect the study. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.


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