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Can gallstones kill you?

Can gallstones kill you?

Rarely: I have never seen this but if surgery is not done to get rid of them when they are causing problems, it may happen. This would be very rare. Talk to your doctor about you concerns. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gallstones (Definition)

Stone-like deposits of bile in the gallbladder that are made from accumulation of cholesterol or bilirubin. Most gallstones are asymptomatic, however complications of gallstones include inflammation of the gallbladder, and blockage of ...Read more


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Can passing of a gallstone kill you?

Can passing of a gallstone kill you?

Unlikely: But it can happen. If the stone gets stuck in the major bile ducts, it can lead to a back up of bile causing cholangitis, which can be a life threatening condition if not promptly treated. You can also get pancreatitis or bowel problems with the passage of a stone. If you have pain or symptoms, seek prompt medical attention. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can kidney stone kill a person? And can an four year old get kidney stone and gallbladder stones?

Can kidney stone kill a person? And can an four year old get kidney stone and gallbladder stones?

Yes to all: This sounds like a very serious situation and this child needs to be under the care of a competent pediatric urologist to find the cause of the kidney stone. Gallstones can be lethal as well; in a child, the workup should include a check for ongoing hemolysis, even low-level. ...Read more

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Can I die from gallstones?

Can I die from gallstones?

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. ...Read more

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How are gallstones diagnosed?

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. ...Read more

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How should I treat gallstones?

How should I treat gallstones?

Possibly surgery: If the gallstones are consistently causing problems (pain with eating, jaundice, pancreatitis), the gallbladder should be surgically removed. Avoiding fatty foods and losing weight can help lessen these symptoms and may make surgery unnecessary. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of gallstones?

What are symptoms of gallstones?

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. ...Read more

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What is the cause of gallstones?

What is the cause of gallstones?

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. ...Read more

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What should you do for gallstones?

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. ...Read more

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Can not eating help gallstone pain?

Can not eating help gallstone pain?

Not the best: Choice, especially after childbirth. Starvation is a very poor option. Avoid fried, fatty, greasy foods. Eat healthy fruits & vegetables and small amounts of lean meats. That should help the discomfort. See a doctor or a General Surgeon regarding gallbladder surgery. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of gallstones?

Pain with fatty food: Many patients report sharp right upper abdominal pain following a rich meal that can "wrap around" the right side with occasional pain between shoulder blades. More severe attack can cause your urine to turn dark and give you pale color loose bm. If you don't get treated in time, your eyes may turn yellow, run a fever and really get into a bad shape... Get checked, don't take a chance. ...Read more

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Are gallstones considered dangerous?

No.: If they are causing symptoms then removal of your gallbladder may be indicated. Otherwise nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Can a calicifed gallstone cause pain?

Yes: Gallstones can cause pain when the GB attempts to contract to empty the bile it stores that the liver makes. The GB squeezes in response to a fatty meal to help digest your food. If you are having right upper quadrant pain especially after meals, see a surgeon to get evaluated. You may need surgery. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the non shadowing gallstones?

What are the non shadowing gallstones?

Sludge v. Stones: The preferred mode of identification of gallstones is ultrasound; stones typically are solid and cast a shadow on ultrasound. Some stones are too small to cast a shadow or may represent "sludge" within the gallbladder. When I see this result on ultrasound, it tells me that there may not be stones; therefore, I would only recommend surgery if the rest of the clinical picture was crystal-clear. ...Read more

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Are there typical signs of gallstones?

Are there typical signs of gallstones?

1: Most people with gall stones have no symptoms at all- talk about typical. When they cause symptoms it can be pain on right side of abdomen, upper middle abdomen or chest usually worse after food. If acute infection - choleystitis sets in, one may have fever chills and severe right upper abdominal pain. ...Read more

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What are signs/symptoms of gallstones?

May be none: Gallstones may be present for years and never cause symptoms. The gall bladder is a storage compartment for bile. The gall bladder is signaled to contract after a fat containing meal to aid digestion. If a gall stone is caught in the duct system leading to the bowel, it can become lodged in the duct and cause pain under the right rib cage in the abdomen. Ask your doctor if this fits your complaint. ...Read more

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What causes gallstones? What chemicals?

What causes gallstones? What chemicals?

Gallsones: Obesity, high fat diet, female sex and age increase risk for gallstones. No chemicals specifically. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of having gallstones?

What are symptoms of having gallstones?

Cholelithiasis: Pain in right upper belly associated with nausea/vomiting which usually worsens with greasy/fatty food. If sever may cause jaundice. ...Read more

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Is there a way to tell I have gallstones?

Ultrasound: Gallbladder is typically evaluated with an us to check for stones, they may rarely show up on a plain x-ray and sometimes on a ct. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a single 5ml gallstone is that big?

Size doesn't count: A 5mm stone is not big, but can cause problems at any size. If you have upper abdominal pain after eating, especially with fatty foods, see your doctor and ask if you need a referral to a surgeon for gallbladder removal - it's the only treatment for symptomatic gallstones. Hope this helps! ...Read more