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What is the cause of gallstones?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Imbalance: Chemical imbalance inside the gallbladder with crystals that form from either bile salts or cholesterol, these grow into gallstones. More common in females and can also be hereditary in some native populations. Some theories of hormonal changes, gallbladder wall dysfunction, cholesterol imbalance, etc, etc.

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A 49-year-old female asked:

What causes gallstones? How to eliminate gallstones?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Gallstone removal: Gallstones can remain asymptomatic or cause infection, or pancreas/liver obstruction, (life-threatening). Surgeons/docs recommend gallbladder removal when the stones are diagnosed with symptoms, (bloating, belching, pain). The risk/benefit analysis is typically in favor of laprascopic cholecystectomy. Bile precipitates leading to stones. Dissolving the stones is reserved for temporary situations.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What causes gallstones? What chemicals?

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Dr. Steven Saunders
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Gallsones: Obesity, high fat diet, female sex and age increase risk for gallstones. No chemicals specifically.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of gallstones and what can be done for it?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Imbalance: Chemical imbalance inside the gallbladder with crystals that form from either bile salts or cholesterol, these grow into gallstones. More common in females and can also be hereditary in some native populations. Some theories of hormonal changes, gallbladder wall dysfunction, cholesterol imbalance, etc, etc. Avoid fatty or greasy foods that may cause pain. Best treatment is gallbladder surgery.
Tulsa, OK
A 37-year-old female asked:

What are the symptoms of gallstones and what causes them?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
RUQ pains : Starts as right upper quadrant , back, and shoulder pains, fatty food intolerance and some times fever and jaundice, as complications sets in. Several reasons to form gall stones, from infections , change in bile composition, altered ration of bile salts, cholesterol , fats ( lecithin ) and in some hereditary, what ever the reason lap.Chle. Is best option , invariably it will lead to complications.
Texas City, TX
A 32-year-old female asked:

What causes gallstones if you don't have a gallbladder?

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Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 24 years experience
Gallstones: Gallstones with no gallbladder. There are different kinds and the can arise in the main canal between your liver and intestine . The cause is unknown but the can get infected and a procedure may be needed to get them out.

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