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What are gallstones?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
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 the gallbladder, may be present without any symptoms, or may cause upper abdominal pressure, bloating, discomfort, nausea, or vomiting. Often eating fatty foods may aggravate the discomfort from gallstones.
Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 29 years experience
Stones: Stones inside the gallbladder made usually from cholesterol or calcium.
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
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. However, if you are having pain due to the gallstones, the best option is to have your gallbladder removed. Laparoscopic removal is usually an out-patient operation with low complication rates and a quick return to normal activities. Good luck!
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: Leave them alone & observe if you are having no abdominal symptoms of discomfort, nausea or vomiting. Laparoscopic surgery is a common means to remove gallbladder and gallstones if they are causing an illness or problem. Medication may dissolve non-calcified gallstones but may take years.
Dr. Mohammed Moosajee
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Requires referral : Hi There, Diagnosis could include:- - Gallstones - Hiatus Hernia or Gastritis - Spastic Colon - Functional Abdominal Pain Would suggest that you get assessed, investigated and managed further.
Dr. Selina Tsogang
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Exam+investigations: The way you are explaining your symptoms doesn't make it easy to give one specific diagnosis as you're complaining about pain at different areas of the abdomen. The best thing to do is definitely to come in for a consultation, so that we can get a better understanding of what the problem is.
Dr. Lervasen Pillay
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Specific symptoms : These symptoms are very generalised. You will require a physical examination and probably further investigations - with deeper delving into other medical history/medications/nutrition in order to assist further

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What are gallstones and what are the symptoms?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 46 years experience
Gallstones are: Precipitants that form when the bile is supersaturated. It can form from any combination of cholesterol, bilirubinate, lecithin, and bile salts. It can cause biliary colic or acute cholecystitis. Classic symptoms are right upper quadrant postprandial pain with radiation to tip of scapula. But they can cause other symptoms too, so check with your doctor, he'll get tests to find out for sure.
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A 23-year-old female asked:

Can gallstones be hereditary?

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Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 44 years experience
Technically no: Gallstones are precipitated material- usually cholesterol, less commonly bilirubinate(black stones). But certain inherited conditions (eg sickle cell anemia) may oversaturate the bile to form stones. Some families have high rates- probable combination of inherited metabolic traits and dietary habits.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Gallstones: what to eat and what not to eat?

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Dr. Paxton Daniel
Radiology 40 years experience
Some: Find avoiding fatty foods helps with gallbladder symptoms. No diet will make the stones go away. The only viable solution to significant gallbladder pain is removing the gallbladder.
A 24-year-old female asked:

Can i die from gallstones?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
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 stone, inflammation can develop, but it rarely leads to an infection. If a stone exits the gb, it can block the: liver, potentially leading to serious liver infections (cholangitis), or the pancreas, leading to pancreatitis; very rarely, this is fatal.
A 37-year-old female asked:

How are gallstones diagnosed?

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Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
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 ct scan or by plain x-rays of the abdomen. Usually asymptomatic gallstones are left undisturbed.

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