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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gallstones (Overview)

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 the common bile duct.


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What are the symptoms of gallstones?

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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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gallstones (Overview)

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 the common bile duct.


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What are common complications of gallstones?

What are common complications of gallstones?

Many: Most often it is recurrent pain esp after fatty foods. Others include acute cholesystitis (stone lodged in cystic duct), pancreatitis ( stone lodged in common bile duct blocking the pancreatic duct), turning yellow, infection in bile duct ( can be life threatening) etch. Having said that, most people do not have any symptoms even if they have gallstones! ...Read more

Dr. J. Roth Dr. Roth
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Gallstones (Tip)

Gallstones that are not causing pain do not require surgery in most patients. ...See more

Dr. John Landi Dr. Landi
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Managing Gallstones (Checklist)

Have a gall bladder ultrasound
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See a general surgeon if symptomatic
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What are the minimum tests needed to diagnose gallstones?

What are the minimum tests needed to diagnose gallstones?

Usually ultrasound: An ultrasound of the gallbladder is usually the simplest, least expensive test to diagnose gallstones. Gallstones can be found incidentally on a number of other tests like ct, mri, etc. ...Read more

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Who is mostly at risk for gallstones?

Who is mostly at risk for gallstones?

Heredity, Diet, etc.: If you have a first-degree relative with gallstones, you have a 5-fold increased risk of developing gallstones. The gallstones that we see most commonly in the US are very rare in non-western countries; we believe this has to do with our high (saturated) fat, high-cholesterol diet. Women have a higher risk of gallstones, especially after pregnancy and estrogen use. ...Read more

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Gallstones (Tip)

If diagnosed with gallstones, eat healthy, avoid high-fat foods. If symptomatic, may need surgery. ...See more

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How long does it take gallstones to develop?

How long does it take gallstones to develop?

Months to years: There are 2 types of gallstones: 'cholesterol stones' (caused by excess cholesterol in bile from high fat diet, etc..) and 'pigment stones' (caused by excess bilirubin in bile due to liver disease). A patient who has gallbladder 'dysfunction' (doesn't empty) will concentrate bile causing stones. Pregnancy , rapid weight loss diabetes or liver disease may accelerate the process. ...Read more

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I have pain in my lower back as well. Could it be a symptom of gallstones?

I have pain in my lower back as well. Could it be a symptom of gallstones?

Not lower back: Usually not pain in lower back. Moderate to severe pain under the right side of the rib cage.pain may radiate through to the back around waist or to the right shoulder,severe upper abdminal pain (biliary colic) ...Read more

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Gallstones (Tip)

If you have gallstones and no symptoms, fine. If you have problems from them, talk to a surgeon. ...See more

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What are the symptoms of having gallstoned?

What are the symptoms of having gallstoned?

Pain: Often intermittent pain in the right upper abdomen especially after a fatty meal. There may be waves of crescendo type pain and nausea/ vomiting. If things get really ugly you may develop systemic signs of infection with fever. ...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

Dr. Brad Snyder Dr. Snyder
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Gallstones (Tip)

If you have gallstones that are causing pain, it's best to have the gallbladder surgically removed. ...See more

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Intermittent low grade fever daily for past months. Had sinus surgery, lasting cough, recent diagnosis of gallstones. What is the cause? Exaustion?

Intermittent low grade fever daily for past months. Had sinus surgery, lasting cough, recent diagnosis of gallstones. What is the cause? Exaustion?

Not normal: To have low grade fever for the past months. U need to be well examined by an internist who should look for all possibilities that could cause low grade fever. ...Read more

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What are the minimum tests needed to diagnose gallstones?

Usually ultrasound: An ultrasound of the gallbladder is usually the simplest, least expensive test to diagnose gallstones. Gallstones can be found incidentally on a number of other tests like ct, mri, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Snyder Dr. Snyder
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Gallstones (Tip)

If you have gallstone, consult a general surgeon to discuss removing it before you have complication. ...See more

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Is there one best test to diagnose gallstones?

Is there one best test to diagnose gallstones?

Have Gallstones?: Stones in the gallbladder (gb) seldom cause symptoms unless they migrate into the neck of the gb (& block exit of bile) or into the common bile duct. Symptomless gallstones may be diagnosed by chance by imaging or during investigation for some other condition. Only 10% become symptomatic within 5 years of detection. Ultrasound, ct scan, mrcp finds stones; cck-hida scan can tell if gb is diseased. ...Read more

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Can all available tests possibly miss gallstones still stuck in the liver?

Can all available tests possibly miss gallstones still stuck in the liver?

Depends on the tests: If you undergone and abdominal ultrasound, CT scan and MRCP(a special liver/hepatobiliary protocol MRI), and nothing was seen, it's quite unlikely that a stone was missed. And if you've subsequently undergone an ERCP with a cholangiogram(dye injected into the biliary tree) and nothing was found even less likely. ...Read more

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Gallstones (Tip)

Avoid fatty, greasy foods that make the gallbladder contract. Seek help if pain last more than hour. ...See more

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How do you know if you have gallstones?

By ultrasound: Gs are very common. They lead to symptoms in some. These may include upper r abdo pain after eating or there may be no symptoms at all. Ultrasound is one way to find them - if there is a reason to do so. ...Read more

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