My daughter was born with an abnormal gallbladder which has minimal dilation of the bile ducts. She has now developed a gallstone since her last review in December. Should I be considering surgery yet as she is only 1?
Mr. Giovanni Domenico Tebala
Mr. Giovanni Domenico Tebala
Colorectal surgeon, Gastrointestinal surgeon
Douglas
I would not consider surgery just for the presence of an 'abnormal' gallbladder with a stone unless she has symptoms.
If she has pain - typical biliary pain I mean - or jaundice surgery must be considered.
However, there are some biliary abnormalities that may require surgery, such as cystic dilatation of the bile duct.
My suggestion is to have a chat with a paediatric surgeon.

Mr. Alberto Isla
Mr. Alberto Isla
Gastrointestinal surgeon
London
Asymptonatic stones don’t require surgery. But due to her early age I am sure at some point she will need a cholecystectomy

 Arif Khan
Arif Khan
Colorectal surgeon, Gastrointestinal surgeon, General surgeon
Crewe
Incidental asymptotic gall stones do not require surgery at early age. Cholecystectomy should be considered if symptomatic or if we have radiological evidence of causing problems

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