This study was performed to evaluate the gallbladder motility in long-standing diabetes mellitus. The gallbladder function of diabetic patients was measured by means of quantitative hepatobiliary scintigraphy, and the severity of the associated autonomic and sensory polyneuropathy was determined. The presence of a marked gallbladder hypomotility was established, and a positive correlation was observed between the severity of the autonomic disturbance and the contractile disorder. This study underlines the important role of the neuropathy in the development of gallbladder hypomotility accompanying long-term diabetes mellitus.
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Gallbladder hypomotility
- Long-standing diabetes mellitus
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
- Clinical Neurology