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can gallstones kill you

A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
45 years experience General Surgery
Yes, in rare: Instances, it can cause severe infection, perforation, or peritonitis. It is best to take care of your problem before these complications set in.
Dr. Paul Harper
52 years experience General Surgery
Rarely: I have never seen this but if surgery is not done to get rid of them when they are causing problems, it may happen. This would be very rare. Talk to y ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
39 years experience General Surgery
Unlikely: ...Unless one does not see a doctor for proper care. If untreated, i suppose a neglected stone stuck in the bile duct could result in serious liver da ... Read More
Dr. Zeenat Hasan
14 years experience Bariatrics
Unlikely: but it can happen. If the stone gets stuck in the major bile ducts, it can lead to a back up of bile causing cholangitis, which can be a life threaten ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
45 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
If: It is large and is associated with a blood stream infection. It is unusual for a 4 year old to have stones unless there is an associated metabolic dis ... Read More
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Yes to all: This sounds like a very serious situation and this child needs to be under the care of a competent pediatric urologist to find the cause of the kidney ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
34 years experience General Surgery
Highly Unlikely: Most people with gallbladder disease are troubled by transient episodes of pain, often after eating (biliary colic). If the gb is obstructed by a ston ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
39 years experience General Surgery
Usually ultrasound: Given the right medical history, gallstones are usually diagnosed by an ultrasound. On occasion, gallstones can be picked up by other means, such as ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Slawek
54 years experience Radiology
Surgery or Ursodiol: The standard treatment for gall stones is surgery. Drugs such as ursodiol can dissolve some types of gall stones but must be taken forever because whe ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
39 years experience General Surgery
Gallstones: Gallstones are made of various crystal that grow into stones in the gallbladder. They can be from bile (bilirubin) or cholesterol origin. They grow in ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
39 years experience General Surgery
Imbalance: Chemical imbalance inside the gallbladder with crystals that form from either bile salts or cholesterol, these grow into gallstones. More common in f ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
34 years experience General Surgery
R U In Pain?: The presence of gallstones in and of itself does not require treatment--as many as 75% of people with 'silent' stones will never develop symptoms. Ho ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
33 years experience Family Medicine
Right upper abd pain: People with gallstones have symptoms typically because they block the function of the gallbladder which is to store and release bile due to a fatty me ... Read More
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