Dr Kenneth Koo

Pancreas & Gallbladder Disorders Specialist In Singapore With 20 Years Experience

  • Pancreas and gallbladder disorders are a group of conditions that affect the functions of the pancreas and gallbladder.

Dr Kenneth Koo was Director of Gastroenterology at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital before moving to private practice. He has extensive experience in treating pancreas and gallbladder disorders and other gastrointestinal conditions in adults.

What Are the Symptoms Of Pancreas & Gallbladder Disorders?

Depending on the type of pancreas and gallbladder disorder, the symptoms may differ.

However, some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain that may also spread to the back
  • Dark urine and pale stools
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Diarrhoea
  • Weight loss
About our Gastroenterologist

Dr Kenneth Koo

Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist

Gleneagles Medical Centre

  • MBBS
  • M Med (Int Med)
  • MRCP (UK)
  • FRCP (Edin)

Dr Kenneth Koo is an experienced gastroenterologist with more than 20 years’ experience and is well trained in managing all types of digestive and liver conditions.

Prior to joining private practise, Dr Kenneth Koo was Director of Gastroenterology and Senior consultant at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. An integral member of the team which transitioned from Alexander Hospital to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital in 2015, he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the gastroenterology division including the growth, development and governance.

Dedication to his patients and clinical practise can be seen from several service quality awards obtained over the years.

What Are Pancreas & Gallbladder Disorders?

The pancreas is an organ located in the upper abdomen, behind the stomach and is responsible for producing enzymes in the digestion process. It is also involved in the production of insulin which controls blood sugar levels. The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ located under the liver, and it stores bile which helps break down fats. Pancreas and gallbladder disorders are a few of the many types of gastrointestinal (GI) conditions that affect the digestive system. Some examples of pancreas and gallbladder disorders include:


Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas, often characterised by upper abdominal pain that may spread to the back depending on the severity. Common causes of pancreatitis include gallstones, excessive alcohol consumption and side effects of certain medications.


Cholecystitis is the inflammation of the gallbladder as bile (a digestive juice) gets trapped and build up in the gallbladder. The most common cause of cholecystitis is the formation of gallstones that block bile from draining out of the gallbladder.

Gallstones and Bile duct stones

Gallstones typically first develop in the gallbladder. Gallstones are more common with older age, females and in those who are overweight. Gallstones can cause pain by blocking the exit of the gallbladder and this sometimes also leads to cholecystitis. Bile duct stones often are a result of stones passing out from the gallbaldder into the bile ducts. Common symptoms of gallstones include sudden and severe upper abdominal pain, vomiting, dark urine and pale stools.

Pancreatic cancer and gallbladder cancer

While pancreatic cancer and gallbladder cancer are not common, they often are diagnosed late as they can be asymptomatic in the early stages. Symptoms can include abdominal discomfort, loss of weight, jaundice, dark urine, pale stools and diarrhoea. Treatment depends on the stage of cancer.

Consult Dr Kenneth Koo

If you are experiencing persistent symptoms, you should contact a qualified gastroenterologist for diagnosis and treatment.

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    Singapore 258499


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