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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
961 doctors shared insights

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

Dr. Mark Pack Dr. Pack
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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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