Discrepancy in HIDA scan results

Posted by fwpoole @fwpoole, Aug 23, 2021

In May of 2019 I had a HIDA scan due to upper right abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, etc. My scan showed gallbladder function at 3%. Surgeon suggested a CT scan as well (due to weight loss) which found a tumor in my large intestine. In June 2019 I had right colon resection to remove the tumor, but not my gallbladder. Tumor turned out to be large B-cell Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for which I received chemotherapy. Fast forward two years, fully healed and cancer free but I still have some upper right abdominal pain (though not as severe as before), abnormal and frequent bowel movements, and an inability to gain weight. I received a second HIDA scan August 2021 which showed gallbladder function at 61%!

How is it possible to have such a wide discrepancy of test results? I realize the tests are 2 1/2 years apart but, can the gallbladder heal itself? Doesn't seem likely and my doctor cant explain it. Should I still have my gallbladder removed or….?

Thanks in advance for any pertinent information.

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Hi @fwpoole, First off, congratulations on being cancer free and having better function of that organ. I know it is definitely possible to improve your gallbladder function naturally and without surgery. I am just not sure what exactly your change was to improve it. Did you start eating differently? High fiber, more fruits and vegetables?
https://www.in2greatkc.com/gallbladder-problems/

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Hi @fwpoole, First off, congratulations on being cancer free and having better function of that organ. I know it is definitely possible to improve your gallbladder function naturally and without surgery. I am just not sure what exactly your change was to improve it. Did you start eating differently? High fiber, more fruits and vegetables?
https://www.in2greatkc.com/gallbladder-problems/

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Hi @amandaburnett and thanks for your reply. I know the organ can be improved but going from 3% to 61% seems like a pretty big swing considering I have made absolutely no change in my diet, only lost about a foot of large intestine. I don't make a habit of eating junk food, sweets or high fat foods although I also don't make a conscious effort to avoid them, either.

I should also add that I’m 65 YO and I have been unable to regain the 10-15lbs of weight I lost due to cancer and chemo.

What are the chances of false positives/negatives?

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