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What are the causes of gallstones in unborn babies and what is the best treatment for it?

What are the causes of gallstones in unborn babies and what is the best treatment for it?

No treatment needed: Fetal cholelithiasis is relatively common (1 in 300 pregnancies). It is caused usually by hemolytic conditions of newborns or maternal hemolytic anemias. The prognosis is excellent, with most stones gone by the babies' first year of life. ...Read more

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Gallstones (Definition)

Gallstones are 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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What can cause gallstones in unborn babies and what is the best treatment for it?

Unknown: Although rare, gallstones and sludge can be seen during routine fetal ultrasounds. This has not been correlated with any diseases associated with gallstones in children or adults. No treatment is needed since they typically resolve on their own. ...Read more

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Is an ultrasound much more likely to detect a gallstone than an ordinary Xray? Also a gallstone can sometimes cause pain but can it ever create a serious medical problem if there is no treatment?

Is an ultrasound much more likely to detect a gallstone than an ordinary Xray? Also a gallstone can sometimes cause pain but can it ever create a serious medical problem if there is no treatment?

Yes: Gallstones are usually cholesterol and not calcified therefore no visible by x-Ray. Gallstones can get in common bile duct and cause obstruction and also can cause rarely cause intestinal obstruction ...Read more

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What is the difference between gallstones and other gallbladder problems? What are the difference in symptoms and treatments also?

What is the difference between gallstones and other gallbladder problems? What are the difference in symptoms and treatments also?

Gallbladder symptoms: "biliary" symptoms are sub-acute onset of right upper quadrant abdominal discomfort (radiates to right shoulder blade, crescendoing over several minutes, resolving over 6-8 hours +/-nausea/vomit. This typically occurs after a fatty meal due to a gallstone becoming impacted in the cystic duct (connection of gallbladder to biliary tree). Acalculous cholecystitis is a sick gallbladder without stones. ...Read more

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What is the typical treatment for gallstone pancreatitis?

What is the typical treatment for gallstone pancreatitis?

See: "Pancreatitis caused by Gallstones " at http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pancreatitis/multimedia/pancreatitis-caused-by-gallstones/img-20007560 ...Read more

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What is the most emergent treatment for gallstone pancreatitis?

What is the most emergent treatment for gallstone pancreatitis?

ERCP: Most cases of pancreatitis are mild & self-limiting. However, if severe (or with a strong suspicion of common bile duct stones), endoscopic removal of the cbd stone (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) may improve the outcome. Eventually, a cholecystectomy will be necessary to prevent future episodes. ...Read more

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Hi...I just found out that I have gallstones.....I really apreciate your help if i can get an advise what is the best to get as treatment , ?

Surgery versus diet: If you have gallstones that are causing symptoms of abdominal pain and nausea or vomiting then the most effective treatment is to have the gallbladder removed surgically . If you don't have symptoms surgery is not indicated and you should try to avoid fatty food in your diet. ...Read more

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What isthebest treatment for gallstones. Medication r surgery?

Surgery: Incidental gallstones are not harmful in and of themselves, and many americans have them without ever having any issues. However, if they intermittently get stuck and cause pain, or worse, infection, the gall bladder must be removed. ...Read more

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I am 53, I have a 150 mm gallstone, never had one before. Is Actigall (ursodiol) treatment a good option for my condition?

I am 53, I have a 150 mm gallstone, never had one before.  Is Actigall (ursodiol) treatment a good option for my condition?

Yes, but...: Why bother, when the stones may recur after dissolution? If you are dead-set against gallbladder removal, or have medical contraindications to the surgery, then stone dissolution therapy is an option. Can use oral cheno or urso) which is costly and works about 1/2 the time over 6 months (poor candidates have calcified stones), or direct infusion of mtbe into the biliary tree. 150 mm=6 inch stone?! ...Read more

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