Liver and Gallbladder

Types of Gallstones – Cholesterol, Pigment and Mixed

There are two types of gallstones that may be present in the gallbladder (cholelithiasis) or bile ducts (choledocholithiasis) : Cholesterol stones Pigment stones Most gallstones are cholesterol stones but is usually mixed in composition as it contains some of the chemical characteristics of pigment stones as well. Biliary >> Read More ...

Gallstones Diet – Foods to Avoid for Gallstone Prevention

Although the direct link between gallstone development and diet is inconclusive, certain dietary habits may be contributing factors to the development of gallstones. It is therefore advisable for a person prone to recurrent gallstones to consider dietary changes as a part of conservative management. Diet to Prevent >> Read More ...

Types of Jaundice

Jaundice is the yellow discoloration of the skin, sclera and mucus membrane of the mouth as a result of high plasma levels of bilirubin (hyperbilirubinemia). Excess bilirubin in the blood stream may be the result of a disturbance either with the uptake, conjugation or excretion of bilirubin. Liver Jaundice The type of >> Read More ...

What is Jaundice, Icterus? Yellow Skin, Eye, Mouth Color

Jaundice is the medical term for yellow discoloration of the skin, sclera (whites of the eye) and deeper tissues like the mucus membrane of the mouth usually as a result of high levels of bilirubin in the blood. The word ‘jaundice’ essentially means yellow color (Latin ~ glabinus, French ~ jaunisse). It is >> Read More ...

Obstructive Jaundice (Cholestatic Jaundice)

What is Obstructive Jaundice? Obstructive jaundice, or cholestatic jaundice, is the yellowish discoloration of the skin, sclera and deeper tissue as a result of high plasma levels of bilirubin due to obstruction of bile flow In obstructive jaundice, the liver cells absorb free bilirubin and it is conjugated within the >> Read More ...

What is Bile? Production, Function, Salts, Storage, Secretion

Bile is a digestive juice that is secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. It has two important functions : Assists with fat digestion and absorption in the gut. Is a means for the body to excrete waste products from the blood. Bile Functions Bile does not contain enzymes like other secretions from the >> Read More ...

High GGT Levels, Abnormal Liver Enzyme Test, No Alcohol

HammondN Asked : I went for number of blood tests for insurance purposes recently and everything was normal except my liver enzyme. The insurance company informed me that I was rejected due to an elevated GGT. From what I understand this could be linked to alcohol consumption and liver disease but I no longer drink alcohol >> Read More ...

Gallbladder Pain and Other Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease

Characteristics of Gallbladder Pain Pain arising from the gallbladder or bile ducts usually appears below the right lower rib, 3-5 inches (7-12 cm) from the vertical mid-line. It may spread into the right lower or upper back, shoulder blade or shoulder. Other causes of right upper abdominal pain are liver, right kidney, >> Read More ...
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