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Gallstones

 
 
     
 
 

 
 
Other topics: Digestive System Diseases
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 Bile Duct Diseases and Problems  
 Bowel Incontinence  
 Bowel Movement  
 Cirrhosis  
 Colonic Diseases  
 Colonic Polyps  
 Constipation  
 Crohn's Disease  
 Diarrhea  
 Digestive Diseases  
 Endoscopic Retrograde CholangioPancreatography - ERCP  
 Esophageal Diseases and Disorders  
 Fecal Occult Blood Test - FOBT  
 Gallbladder Diseases and Problems  
 Gastrointestinal Bleeding  
 Heart Burn  
 Hepatitis C  
 Hernia  
 Hiatal Hernia  
 Indigestion  
 Intestinal Obstruction  
 Irritable Bowel Syndrome  
 Liver Diseases  
 Liver Transplantation  
 Malabsorption Syndromes  
 Nasogastric Tube Placement and Feeding - Pediatric  
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 Percutaneous Liver Biopsy  
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 Sigmoidoscopy  
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 Ulcerative Colitis  
 Upper GI Endoscopy  
 Upper GI Endoscopy and Colonoscopy  
 Viral Gastroenteritis  
 Wilson Disease  
 
Keywords

Gallstones, gallbladder, bile, cholecystectomy, Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy, Cholescintigraphy, HIDA scan, MR cholangiogram.

Overview *

Your gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ under your liver. It stores bile, a fluid made by your liver to digest fat. As your stomach and intestines digest food, your gallbladder releases bile through a tube called the common bile duct. The duct connects your gallbladder and liver to your small intestine.

Your gallbladder is most likely to give you trouble if something blocks the flow of bile through the bile ducts. That is usually a gallstone. Gallstones form when substances in bile harden. Gallstone attacks usually happen after you eat.

Signs of a gallstone attack may include:
- nausea
- vomiting
- or pain in the abdomen, back
- or just under the right arm.

Gallstones are most common among older adults, women, and overweight people. The most common treatment is removal of the gallbladder. Fortunately, the gallbladder is an organ that you can live without. Bile has other ways to reach your small intestine.

 
 

In-Depth

Introduction | Anatomy
Gallstones | Causes
Symptoms | Diagnosis
Treatment Options | Summary

 
 

Multimedia

This patient education program explains what causes gallstones and discusses the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options.

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Last reviewed: 5/5/2007

 
     
 

.Selected topic overviews were adapted from Medlineplus, the National Library of Medicine *

 
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