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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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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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Can a calicifed gallstone cause pain?

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 can cause people to develop gallstones?

What can cause people to develop gallstones?

Diet: The majority of gallstones are made out of cholesterol, due to an imbalance of the bile acids and cholesterol. Cholesterol imbalance is due to ingestion of high fat content diet. Also rapid weight loss can cause gallstones. ...Read more

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What are the causes of people to develop gallstones?

What are the causes of people to develop gallstones?

Unknown: Gallstones can be somewhat hereditary in families, more common in women who have had childbirth, more common in some central and south american native populations, higher after some major surgeries such as gastric bypass or open heart surgery, higher if hepatitis exposure, uncertain relationship to diet & cholesterol levels, etc. ...Read more

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Do gallstones cause persistent or intermittant pain?

Symptoms vary: Gallstones may not produce any symptoms. When they do, it usually is intermitent, widely spaced episodes. Symptoms can be pain or even indigestion or 'heartburn' like sensations. (ingested foods worsen gallbladder symptoms, but, usually calm ulcer symptoms). As troubles worsen, gallbladder pain can become continuous and sharper/ more intense. ...Read more

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What causes gallstones? How to eliminate gallstones?

What causes gallstones?  How to eliminate gallstones?

Gallbladder(removal): The gallbladder is a gallstone factory for those at-risk (diet+heredity). The presence of stones does not warrant treatment unless they are causing symptoms. Once symptoms develop, getting rid of the stones will only temporize matters--you need to remove the gallbladder. Thankfully, this can almost-always be done laparoscopically (out-pt surgery) & people do very well without the gallbladder. ...Read more

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What r the symtoms, causes & solutions of gallstones?

What r the symtoms, causes & solutions of gallstones?

See below: Obesity, high cholesterol, hemolytic anemia, infections, and intestinal surgery are some of the causes. Stomach pain, jaundice, and pancreatitis are some of the symptoms. Treatment is usually removal of gall bladder. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/gallstones-topic-overview. ...Read more

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What causes gallstones to become symptomatic or active?

Depends: If one has multiple small gallstones these can exit the gallbladder and cause obstruction of the common bile duct or pancreatic duct which will result in pain, jaundice, or pancreatitis. If one has several large stones that do not obstruct the gallbladder one may remain symptom-free. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of gallstones and what causes them?

What are the symptoms of gallstones and what causes them?

Biliary Colic: Gallbladder attacks cause a very classic constant, noncramping pressure like pain in the right upper abdomen or mid-abdomen (duration: hour[s], not minutes). The pain often radiates around into the right back +/-shoulder; nausea+/-vomiting+/-fever+/-chills may occur. Typically the pain is precipitated by food, especially fatty/fried ones. Diet & heredity both play a role in gallstone formation. ...Read more

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What are powerful ways to reduce pain caused by a gallstone?

What are powerful ways to reduce pain caused by a gallstone?

Medicine or surgery: Surgery to remove the gallbladder and stones, laparoscopic, will resolve the problem. Otherwise avoid fatty, fried, grasy foods & may need to take pain medication temporarily from your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the causes of gallstones and what can be done for it?

What are the causes of gallstones  and what can be done for it?

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. Avoid fatty or greasy foods that may cause pain. Best treatment is gallbladder surgery. ...Read more

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What should you eat when you have gallstones that doesn't cause pain?

Anything you want: If you have no symptoms then carry on. Just know that there may be a time when a stone gets stuck where the gallbladder empties and it may then cause severe pain and possible infection. In that setting you should see a doctor and see if the gallbladder needs removing. There is no diet that will make the stones go away. ...Read more

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Should I have a 1" gallstone removed if it causes tolerable discomfort to avoid a gb attack?

Should I have a 1" gallstone removed if it causes tolerable discomfort to avoid a gb attack?

Yes: Unless the risk of the operation is too high, the best time to remove your gallbladder is between attacks. Don't wait until you get sick. A 1" stone will not go away on its own. ...Read more

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Im 28years old and I have gallstone problem..What cause it? Im not fat or any of my family member got this problem..

Nothing necessarily: Chalk it up to bad luck. But being female, taking oral contraceptives, diabetes and high fat diet are associated with gallstones. ...Read more

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How can morphine cause gallstones?

How can morphine cause gallstones?

It doesn't: It may cause the pain by spasm of a sphincter, but it doesn't cause the stones in the gallbladder. ...Read more

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Can something besides gallstones cause pancreatitis?

Many causes: Alcohol abuse is the most common cause followed by gallstones. Trauma to the abdomen, some drugs, a blocked pancreatic duct for a variety of reasons, and congenital conditions may also cause pancreatitis ...Read more

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What causes gallstones if you don't have a gallbladder?

Usually infection: Gallstones can get left behind after surgery, that is the most common cause, they were there all along. It's easy for that to happen. If new gallstones form it is usually because of an infection in the bile ducts called cholangitis. If you are still having pain and there is a gallstone in one of the bile ducts, see a gastroenterologist, there is a procedure called ERCP to remove the stones. ...Read more

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What would cause a distended gallbladder without gallstones?

What would cause a distended gallbladder without gallstones?

Distention: A distended gallbladder without gallstones could be a normal variant or could be due to an obstruction in the biliary tract distally, however that would also cause other related symptoms. ...Read more