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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.
Dr. James Redmann
General Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: Children can get gallstones. Some blood disorders like sickle cell disease or congenital hypercholesterolemia can increase a child's risk of stone formation. The treatment is usually the same as for adults, namely laparoscopic cholecystectomy or gallbladder removal.
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
Dr. Mark Kuhnke commented
General Surgery 40 years experience
Gallstones that don't cause symptoms do not require cholecystectomy, only when symptomatic.
Feb 9, 2013
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
Dr. Mark Kuhnke commented
General Surgery 40 years experience
Gallstones that don't cause symptoms do not require cholecystectomy, only when symptomatic.
Feb 10, 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 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 50-year-old member asked:

Natural remedies for gallstones?

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Dr. John Edmison
Gastroenterology 19 years experience
None I recommend : The only tried and true remedy for gallstones is removal of the gallbladder. Ursodiol is a non-surgical consideration, but not very effective and not considered the standard of care.
A 33-year-old member asked:

My 9 year old wets the ever day, what should I do?

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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics 36 years experience
See the doctor.: First, your child needs to be evaluated by your pediatrician to make sure there's no underlying cause (infection, anatomic issues, constipation, etc). If there isn't, the most effective management for bedwetting is using a bedwetting alarm, in addition to frequent bathroom trips during the day and emptying fully each time. Your pediatrician can give you ordering information for the device.
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Dr. David Escobar commented
Family Medicine 9 years experience
Absolutely agree with Dr. Juster. It is also "normal" to expect bed-wetting up until age 12; however, bed wetting as an everyday occurrence at this age is somewhat unusual.
Jan 16, 2012
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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