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How are gall stones treated ?

hello doctor, recently I have visited a gastroendology specialist for a general checkup, he advised me to go for an ultrasound . I ultrNa sound they found stones in gall stones without symtoms and the doctor tole me that is SILENT STONES Really I am worried please advie me any medicine is there to dissolve the same. Thanks
Asked On : Wed, 21 Mar 2012
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Gastroenterologist, Surgical 's  Response

Thanks for posting your query

Your caregiver is right silent stones without inflammation of the gallbladder does not need immediate surgery

There are patients who have lead a normal healthy life with gall stones for ever

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General & Family Physician Dr. Kimberly Martin's  Response
Gall stones within the gall bladder without symptoms is not unusual. You should not worry about any gall stones which do not produce symptoms. However, you should keep this information in the back of your mind if you do start developing symptoms.

Some of the symptoms of gall stone disease include:
1. severe steady ache or a full sensation in the upper right quadrant of your abdomen with frequent radiating pain to the right shoulder;
2. nausea and vomiting frequently occuring with the pain;
3. belching and passing gas after a fatty meal (shouldn't be confused with pain);
4. A fatty meal may cause pain;
5. frequently symptoms occur at night;

If you are a male and have no symptoms in the presence of gall stones it is unlikely that you will develop symptoms. There is a very expensive medication that has fallen into disuse that may help dissolve gallstones in up to 50% of the population of unsymptomic patients. It can take up to two years for the medication to dissolve the gallstones if it does so at all.

In addition, a person could have extracoporeal shock wave therapy, but once again, this is not common due to the recurrence of gallstone disease.

Female patients above the age of forty and still having menstrual cycles and who are overweight may have an increase in liklihood of gallstone disease causing symptoms.

If you begin having symptoms of gallstone disease, contact your physician for care. Your physician may order additional testing to determine if your symptoms are related to gallstone disease.
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