Biliary Dyskinesia Symptoms

Defining Biliary Dyskinesia and Its Symptoms

The name of the disease basically refers to the abnormal functioning of the gallbladder. This is another disorder of the gallbladder other than the presence of gallstones. Like many other diseases related to the dysfunction of the gallbladder, this disorder has very similar symptoms as the ones for gallbladder stones.

Patients who suffer from this disease suffer from abdominal pain usually at the right upper quadrant. This pain sometimes radiates to the shoulder blades and the patient’s upper back. Other symptoms are also experienced by patients such as bloating, vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea. The symptoms usually occur about half an hour after the patient has eaten greasy food.

Experts believe that the symptoms of this disease are brought about by the build up of excess pressure on the bile ducts. This disease is also known as acalculous cholecystopathy. It is also known SOD or sphincter of oddi dysfunction. At other times this disease is called post-cholecystectomy syndrome. Like other diseases of the gallbladder, this one is also more common in women than in men. It is also known to occur in spite of having one’s gallbladder removed.

Looking Into the Symptoms

Biliary Dyskinesia is thought by many to be more of a symptom to of another disorder than being exactly a disorder in itself. The symptoms that one experiences with this disorder may be indicative of other diseases as well. Such diseases include the presence of gallstones and pancreatitis.

Symptoms may also be caused by other kinds of food as well. Chronic inflammation is also seen as another possible cause of this disease. There is also evidence that stress may also become a significant factor for this disease. It is also quite possible that the gallbladder doesn’t receive signals from the brain when the bile enters.

Take note that vomiting is a rare symptom for Biliary Dyskinesia, though it is also a possible symptom of the disease. The most obvious sign of this disease is an intermittent and sharp pain that is often described as being cramp-like. It occurs just beneath the bottom of the right rib. Nevertheless, most patients generally experience very few symptoms if any.

At best, those who suffer from this disease describe the symptoms as a vague discomfort in the aforementioned region. The pain is most likely to be localized in the said area. It is also typical to experience the said symptoms minutes after taking a meal that is high in fat. Doctors will often use a series of tests to rule out other diseases before making a diagnosis.

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3 Responses to “Biliary Dyskinesia Symptoms”

  1. Gina on June 7th, 2012 12:36 pm

    I was recently hospitalized for upper right quadrant pain and tenderness. All of my lab values came back within normal range. I had a HIDA scan done and although there were no stones, my gallbladder did not empty into my small intestines. I had been given some CCK through IVP one half hour before the procedure even began and after 4 and a half hours the dye remained in my gallbladder. The technician spoke with the doctor and they decided not to continue the rest of the test. The technician was concerned about the possibility of my having dyskinesia of the gallbladder or possibly a dysfunction of the sphincter of oddi. Afterwards, when my doctor came in to speak with me he stated that the HIDA scan was normal. I questioned the fact that the test could not be completed due to my gallbladder and I never received an answer other than it was normal. Should I be concerned? Thank-you

  2. Angel on July 5th, 2012 11:17 pm

    Sounds like sphincter of oddi dysfunction. There is a group on yahoo that I invite you to join. For help and answers. It is called :
    A lady named Priscilla started the group and there are links to alot of info and doctors. Hope to see you there

  3. Angel on August 5th, 2012 5:53 pm

    Gina, I too am experiencing the same thing. All labs, ct scan, mri, all normal. The pain is not normal, I swear it is my gallbladder but hida scan also normal. If you would like you can email me at
    I am being referred to CPMC in San Francisco to have an endoscopic ultrasound next week. Look up Sphincter of Oddi also if you are on facebook Im am in several groups, look me up by my email and add me if you would like.
    It may be acalculous subtle gallbladder disease but it scares me that lately I feel the pain to left at times and my middle back hurts terribly. This started for me 9 years ago when I was pregnant. Anyways I would love to try and help you. Take Care,

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