Gallbladder dyskinesia: fact or fiction?

Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2011 Apr;13(2):188-92. doi: 10.1007/s11894-010-0172-6.


Gallbladder dyskinesia is a functional (motility) disorder of the gallbladder resulting in episodic abdominal pain that, in carefully selected cases, resolves with cholecystectomy. It is a diagnosis of exclusion: several functional and organic disorders have to be excluded, and confounding factors addressed, before a diagnosis of gallbladder dyskinesia can be entertained. The combination of high clinical suspicion and an abnormally low gallbladder ejection fraction on cholecystokinin stimulated-cholescintigraphy predict benefit from removing the gallbladder.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biliary Dyskinesia* / diagnosis
  • Biliary Dyskinesia* / epidemiology
  • Biliary Dyskinesia* / etiology
  • Biliary Dyskinesia* / surgery
  • Cholecystectomy*
  • Humans