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How are gallstones diagnosed?

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Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 39 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.
Dr. Jarrod Kaufman
General Surgery 29 years experience
Gallstones: The most common way to diagnose this problem is with an ultrasound of the abdomen.

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I've been diagnosed with gallstones. What can I expect?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Let me explain: Most people who have gallstones do not have symptoms. If you have symptoms, you most likely will have mild pain in the pit of your stomach or in the upper right part of your belly. Pain may spread to your right upper back or shoulder blade area. Sometimes the pain is more severe. It may be steady, or it may come and go. Or it may get worse when you eat. Or some time you may have attack
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What are gallstones?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 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.

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