KUMJ | VOL. 14 | NO. 2 | ISSUE 54 | APR-JUN. 2016
Gallbladder Volume in Sikkimese PopulationAbstract:
Dey R, Sharma BK, Singh VK, Jha DK
Gall bladder volume can have clinical and therapeutic implications and possibly affect
certain pathophysiological mechanisms of many diseases affecting the gallbladder
including gall stones.
The objective of the study was to establish baseline indices of gallbladder volume
for the Sikkimese population and determine its correlation with age, sex and Body
A prospective epidemiologic study on selected 100 patients (equal male to female
ratio) over the age of 36 years, undergoing ultrasound scan of abdomen, was
undertaken. Age, sex, Body Mass Index and gall bladder volume for each subject
were collected and analysed statistically. Spearman’s correlation test was performed
to look for significant variables.
The overall mean gallbladder volume in the present study was 15.47±7.9 ml
with 17.2±8.9 ml and 13.74±6.4 ml being average volumes in males and females
respectively, which gives the baseline indices for the Sikkimese population. Gall
bladder volume was strikingly increased in obese subjects. There was a positive
correlation between gall bladder volume and age (r=0.114), gender (r=0.182)
and BMI (r= 0.175) but the strength of correlation was weak and not statistically
significant (p <0.001).
Ultrasonography is an easy and effective method for evaluation of gall bladder
volume. Sikkimese males have a larger fasting gall bladder volume which is directly
correlated with higher body mass index. Fasting gall bladder volume has a weak
correlation with advancing age.Keyword :
Age, body mass index, gall bladder, ultrasonography.