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What Causes Galstones
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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
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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