Gallbladders and Bile

Bile is produced in the liver, stored and concentrated in the gallbladder and released into the small intestine. Bile emulsifies the lipids in fatty food and makes it easier to digest. Unfortunately, the gallbladder can develop gallstones which can be tiny grains or as big as golf balls. Some cause no trouble but others may become life threatening.

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Gallbladders and Bile

What produces bile that it secretes into the duodenum via the bile duct?

Bile is produced in the liver and stored and concentrated in the gallbladder, then transported to the duodenum via the bile duct when needed.

The bile salts break down fats (called gall) via emulsification, which enlarges the surface area of the fats, and allows for more efficient digestion of lipids by enzymes in the duodenum.

Bile is a sticky semi-thick substance that is dark in color. It is a bitter, alkaline, brown/yellow/green fluid. It is an alkaline liuid composed mostly of water, bile salts, bile pigments (bilirubin, from the breakdown of hemoglobin), fats, and cholesterol.
Presuming that we are referencing a HEALTHY HUMAN BEING (post infancy) then: BILE is PRODUCED & SECRETED by the LIVER and EXCESS amounts will be STORED in the GALL BLADDER the liver The liver. It's then stored by the gallbladder. stomach
Bile is made by the liver and stored and released into the intestine in response to dietary fat by the gall bladder.

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What is the tagalog of gallbladder and bile?

sisidlan ng apdo. :)

gall or bile = apdo

bladder = bag/sac

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What is the function of the gallbladder?

Bile, a yellow-green bitter fluid that is produced by liver cells, is continuously produced and then stored in the gallbladder until needed. It is a digestive liquid which emulsifies fats and neutralizes acids in partly digested food to aid in digestion. When the stomach senses the presence of fat it secretes a hormone called cholecystokinin which signals the gall bladder to contract and release the bile into the first part of the small intestine where it mixes with the food as it leaves the stomach.

The gallbladder (or cholecyst, sometimes gall bladder) is a small non-vital organ which aids in the digestive process and concentrates bile produced in the liver. The gallbladder stores and releases bile which is made by the liver. The gallbladder releases bile when food containing fat enters the digestive tract. The bile emulsifies fat in food that has been partially digested.

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What does it mean when you vomit bile and yellow substances?

It means that your body has run out of undigested food for you to vomit, and is now vomiting what remains -- bile and other digestive juices in your stomach and upper intestine. Vomiting can be triggered by things other than just what is in your enteric (digestive) system. Bile itself is yellow in vomit, so this is probably the yellow substance you are seeing.

Vomiting bile is usually a sign of serious illness, and I would strongly recommend that you go immediately to the doctor or Emergency Room. Chances are good that you have become very dehydrated and this is a life-threatening condition.

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What food requires bile for digestion?

Lipids. (Both fats and oils are lipids. Fats are solid while oils are liquid. It is more correct to use the term 'lipids' rather than just calling them 'fats')

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What carries bile into the duodenum?

The gallbladder stores bile and when it is needed it is excreted through the common bile duct and joins the duodenum at the ampulla of vater.
The gallbladder stores bile and when it is needed it is excreted through the common bile duct and joins the duodenum at the ampulla of vater.
Bile is made in the liver and passes through bile ducts and into the common hepatic duct which carries it out of the liver. From here, it can pass down the common bile duct into the duodenum or take a detour into the gallbladder via the cystic duct.
bile duct
The bile duct.

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Which organ stores bile?

The gallbladder is the sac-like structure under the liver that stores about 30-50 ml of bile. The liver produces bile, and the gallbladder stores it. From there it is excreted, travels down the bile duct, where it passes through the pancreas, which produces lipase (which does break down fat), before it goes into your small intestine. The gallbladder releases bile into the duodenum, part of the small intestine, to aid in the digestion of fats. Bile emulsifies the fats, or breaks them into smaller particles, to assist in their digestion. If the bile salts crystallize, you get gallstones.

The gallbladder will release bile only under the influence of cholecystokinin. When the chyme (food leaving the stomach after processing) passes through the plyoric sphincter (valve muscle connecting the doudenum to the pylorus (bottom part of stomach), this hormone is released, and the bile is released into the doudenum through a series of ducts that also lead from the pancreas, so the enzymes for further digestion can enter as well.
Common Bile Duct
small intestine
Although the gallbladder does not make the bile, it is where the bile is stored.
The gallbladder stores bile in the body until it is needed in the digestive process. When spicy or fatty foods are eaten, the gallbladder will release the bile into the stomach to help with the digestion.

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Are gallstones hereditary?

Yes they are hereditary.

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Does pancreatic juice contain bile?

No. Bile is synthesized in the liver, stored in the gallbladder and secreted into the intestinal tract at the same entry point as pancreatic juice - through a tube called the common bile duct - but the pancreas itself does not make or secrete bile.

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What is a gallbladder ejection fraction?

30 %

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What and where is the gallbladder?

The gallbladder a small green sac located in the upper right quadrant of the abdominal cavity under the liver. (Another way to describe the location is under the lowest ribs on the right side of your abdomen.) It's a sac that receives and stores bile from the liver and has a duct that empties the bile into the digestive tract's small intestine (duodenum). The bile provides an emulsifier of fats/lipids to aid in digestion.

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Name test for bile pigments and bile salts?

test for bile salts - Hay's sulphur powder test n

test for bile pigments - fauchet's test

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Gallbladders and Bile

What is the medical terminology combining form meaning gallbladder?

The combining form is cholecyst-; A gallstone is medically termed cholelithiasis. The removal of a gallbladder is cholecystectmy. And from there procedural or condition terms append the prefix.

A disease of the gallbladder is termed cholecystitis, while the removal of a gallbladder is known as a cholecystectomy. Conversely, the urinary bladder has a prefix cyst-, so a disease of the urinary bladder: cystitis; removal of the urinary bladder: cystectomy, a common method of examining the bladder is by cystoscopy, and a bladder stone is cystolithiasis. The prefix medical term for BILE is bili- because the correct medical term for bile is bilirubin.
Cholecyst/o.

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Exercise
Gallbladders and Bile

Do gallbladder problems effect exercise?

Not directly.

Of course, nausea, stomach pain and diarrhea can all affect exercise so gall bladder problems could have an indirect effect.

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Can you feel gallstones?

Only by the pain they produce

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What are gallstones?

'Gallstone' means a calculus formed in the gall bladder or its ducts
it's gall bladder. The stone is made up of calcium crystals, it's caused by genes and/or a diet rich in fat. Pregnant women have a higher risk of getting stones (also called calculi)

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What is bile duct obstruction?

Bile duct obstruction occurs when a blockage forms in the tubes that carry bile from the liver into the small intestine and gallbladder. Bile duct obstruction causes many symptoms including fever, abdomen pain and jaundice.

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Where is bile salt stored?

In the gallbladder.

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Where is the gallbladder located?

Over your liver

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Can the gallbladder remove gallstones by itself?

yes it can but does depend on the size of the gallstone and can be quiet painful best to have ultra sound and find out how many you do have.

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How many gall bladder do we have?

Humans have one gall bladder.

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What is the CPT code for gall bladder surgery?

47600 (Cholecystectomy).

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Carries bile into the duodenum?

The gallbladder stores bile and when it is needed it is excreted through the common bile duct and joins the duodenum at the ampulla of vater.

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Gallbladders and Bile

What would cause a pungent odor and a waxy film on top of the water in the commode bowl?

Because we use commodes for both urine and feces, seeing this waxy film can be confusing. If a person has a gallbladder problem, there will be more fats in the waste. Physicians often refer to gallbladder disease as the "3F" because GB disease affects "female, fat and 40" (that comment isn't meant as offensive, but "3F" is a simple way to remember facts.) GB affects more women than men; more often in age 40 or over; and in women who are overweight. The person may have upper right belly pain after eating fatty foods. The pain can go "straight through" the body to about bra level at the bottom of the right scapula. If this description fits someone in your home, have them talk to the doctor. A simple ultrasound can confirm GB disease. A medication can help add bile salts when taken with meals. Unless pain is very severe, surgeons usually won't do surgery until it's really bad.

For the toilet, most of it should flush away. If you still see a film, use some gritty cleaner, like Comet. Just don't use other products together or you can cause deadly fumes. Make sure the person who has GB disease understands they should flush immediately after using the toilet. They can even sprinkle Comet along the bowl at the water level so less of the fat clings to the bowl.

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Morning Sickness
Gallbladders and Bile

Is it normal to vomit bile or a yellow substance while pregnant?

If you are vomiting this in the early mornings, when you first wake up, it is not unusual. The reason for the color is that you don't have anything in your stomach. This is referred to as morning sickness, and may indicate that you are pregnant. If vomiting is accompanied by a fever or abdominal pain, or persists for more than a day or two, see your doctor. These can be symptoms of digestive disorders.

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