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could 8 year old have gallstones?

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
Pediatrics 42 years experience
YES... But: Very rare, unless associated with some systemic or metabolic disease. Detail family history is also important. Needs extensive evaluation by the ped, gi, endocrine and metabolism specialists.
Dr. Louis Cooper
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Hemolytic anemias, as sickle cell disease or spherocytosis may be associated with with gall stones. Many other associations as well. An ultrasound is an easy way to diagnose gall stones.
Nov 20, 2013

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Can something besides gallstones cause pancreatitis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes.: The most common cause of pancreatitis is gallstones; alcoholism is a close-second. There is a laundry list of very rare causes of pancreatitis including certain medications, anatomical abnormalities of the pancreas, very high triglyceride levels, etc.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Can a 9 year old get gallstones?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes.: In the US, gallstones are typically due to diet and hereditary factors and are very, very rarely present at such a young age. However, there are some diseases such as sickle cell anemia and hereditary spherocytosis that may cause gallstones and be present at this age.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

Does life expectancy decrease if you have a period at 8yo?

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Dr. Stephen Shroyer
Pediatrics 41 years experience
No: I am not aware of any link to life expectancy with menses starting at 8 years of age. This normal in those that do this. For obvious reasons, there should not be any other pre-adult like characteristics in these children. If so, a health exam is mandated.
A 34-year-old member asked:

I need a safe in-expensive way to rid myself of gaulstones. What are some different ways to do that?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Only One Sure Way: The only way to definitively get rid of gallstones is through surgery. By removing the gallbladder, the source of gallstone production is gone, along with your symptoms of gallstone disease. Thankfully, gallbladder surgery is very safe when done by an experienced surgeon.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the long-term effects of gallstone disease?

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Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
Pain, cancer: Associated with pancreatitis and gallbladder cancer and just pain.

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