Rosa then proceeded to perform a full abdominal ultrasound on Vinnie. This enables us to look at the soft structures within the abdomen that cannot be seen by x-rays. During the ultrasound, she noted that Vinnie’s gall bladder contained a mucocele which is extremely thick, mucous-like bile that cannot pass to the intestines normally.
A normal gall bladder contains bile, which is a yellow liquid that helps to break food down during digestion. In Vinnie’s case, no bile was able to pass from the gallbladder to the intestine to help with digestion. If left, it could rupture which would be incredibly painful and could have caused him to die.
Gallbladder removal (or Cholecystectomy) was indicated when medications did not help to break down the mucocele and his liver parameters did not improve.