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Had adominal ultrasound and discovered gall stones. Have had no gall bladder pain. What should I do?

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Dr. John Edmison
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
9 doctors agree

In brief: Nothing

Gallstones are common.
Removal of the gallbladder is only necessary if the stones are causing symptoms.

In brief: Nothing

Gallstones are common.
Removal of the gallbladder is only necessary if the stones are causing symptoms.
Dr. John Edmison
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Silent gallstones

The answer is "no.
" you do not need to do anything about gallstones that are causing no problems. You just need to be aware of what the typical symptoms of gall bladder inflammation from obstruction by the gallstones are like in order to recognize the situation in which your gallstones progress from being silent (asymptomatic) to symptomatic. There is no harm in waiting.

In brief: Silent gallstones

The answer is "no.
" you do not need to do anything about gallstones that are causing no problems. You just need to be aware of what the typical symptoms of gall bladder inflammation from obstruction by the gallstones are like in order to recognize the situation in which your gallstones progress from being silent (asymptomatic) to symptomatic. There is no harm in waiting.
Dr. Colin Kerr
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Dr. Hanriet Minasian
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Gallstones

The answer depends on why the abdominal ultrasound was done in the first place.
If your gallstones cause pain or pancreatitis or elevation of your liver enzymes, then consider an elective cholecystectomy. Some gallstones pass without you even knowing, while others can cause acute cholecystitis and pancreatitis. If the walls of the gallbladder are thickened , consider removing it.

In brief: Gallstones

The answer depends on why the abdominal ultrasound was done in the first place.
If your gallstones cause pain or pancreatitis or elevation of your liver enzymes, then consider an elective cholecystectomy. Some gallstones pass without you even knowing, while others can cause acute cholecystitis and pancreatitis. If the walls of the gallbladder are thickened , consider removing it.
Dr. Hanriet Minasian
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Dr. Brian Flyer
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Gallstones

Sounds like you have 'assymptomatic gallstones' studies show that you are not more likely to have biliary symptoms or complications and you really don't have to do anything.

In brief: Gallstones

Sounds like you have 'assymptomatic gallstones' studies show that you are not more likely to have biliary symptoms or complications and you really don't have to do anything.
Dr. Brian Flyer
Dr. Brian Flyer
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Dr. Kamlesh Desai
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Avoid fatty food/sx

Avoid fatty fried foods but contact surgeon for possible excision to prevent emergency excision later.

In brief: Avoid fatty food/sx

Avoid fatty fried foods but contact surgeon for possible excision to prevent emergency excision later.
Dr. Kamlesh Desai
Dr. Kamlesh Desai
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