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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gallstones (Overview)

Cholelithiasis are gallstones, or small stones that form in the gallbladder or its ducts. This condition presents with pain in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen, which usually worsens after eating fatty foods.


Dr. Peter Lydon
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What is the definition or description of: gallstones?

Dr. Peter Lydon
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What is the definition or description of: gallstones?

A small rock: Stone can occur in the gallbladder by concentration of bile with precipitation of crystals that grow into stones. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gallstones (Overview)

Cholelithiasis are gallstones, or small stones that form in the gallbladder or its ducts. This condition presents with pain in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen, which usually worsens after eating fatty foods.


Dr. Allen Seely
Board Certified, General Practice
26 years in practice
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How long does it take gallstones to develop?

Dr. Allen Seely
Board Certified, General Practice
26 years in practice
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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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Managing Gallstones (Tip)

Managing Gallstones

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

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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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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Board Certified, Nuclear Medicine
47 years in practice
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I have pain in my lower back as well. Could it be a symptom of gallstones?

Dr. Gerald Mandell
Board Certified, Nuclear Medicine
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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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Dr. Dan Fisher
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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What are the symptoms of having gallstoned?

Dr. Dan Fisher
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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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Dr. Mark Pack
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Managing Gallstones (Tip)

Managing Gallstones

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

Dr. Sanjay Jain
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
29 years in practice
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Are there typical signs of gallstones?

Dr. Sanjay Jain
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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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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Dr. Gabriel Goren
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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?

Dr. Gabriel Goren
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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?

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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Dr. Mark Pack
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Managing Gallstones (Tip)

Managing Gallstones

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

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