Gall stones

What is Gall stones?

A gallstone, also called a cholelith (), is a calculus (stone) formed within the gallbladder as a concretion of bile components. Lithiasis (stone formation) in the gallbladder is called cholelithiasis (). Gallstones are formed in the gallbladder but may pass distally into other parts of the biliary tract such as the cystic duct, common bile duct, pancreatic duct or the ampulla of Vater. Rarely, in cases of severe inflammation, gallstones may erode through the gallbladder into adherent bowel potentially causing an obstruction termed gallstone ileus.

Presence of gallstones in the gallbladder may lead to acute cholecystitis, an inflammatory condition characterized by retention of bile in the gallbladder and often secondary infection by intestinal microorganisms, predominantly Escherichia coli, Klebsiella, Enterobacter, and Bacteroides species. Presence of gallstones in other parts of the biliary tract can cause obstruction of the bile ducts, which can lead to serious conditions such as ascending cholangitis or pancreatitis. Either of these two conditions can be life-threatening and are therefore considered to be medical emergencies.

Questions and answers on "Gall stones"

I was recently diagnosed with gall stones. I was told they most come out. I am very healthy. I do not eat a lot of fatty foods. I only have an occassional flair up. I would rather find an alternative as I have been reading that gall stones can be desolved. Even though I have been diagnosed with gall stones. My doctor already has run a ultrasound, I have been scheduled for a endoscopy and now I was called that doctors wants to do another procedure I think it is a ERCP. This is similar to the other test I am scheduled for. I am not rich either.

doctor1 MD

Hi ,
How are you? My name is Dr Suresh Raghavaiah. I am a surgical gastroenterologist and I will attempt to answer your question.
Cholelithiasis or gall bladder stones is a very common finding in scans of the abdomen. 10% to 20% of population will develop stones at some time in their lifetime. Up...

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hi, i recently have had gall stone problems, still waiting for a scan to confirm, my doc the other day told me i have liver damage she says thru alcohol use although i dont drink much at all, huge none explained weight gain , and today i am feeling very drained lathagic and just had very bright yellow orange poo, is this gall probs or liver probs please ?

doctor1 MD

Get your liver function tests and ultrasound of abdomen.Stop alcohol intake.Star on hepatoprotectives.Visit a gastroentrologist.

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hello doc my sister is 24 years old and she has 2 gall stones from last five years but she has no pain from last 2 to 3 years. but recently she got married and she is planning for a baby. my concern is that there is any chance in abnormalities in baby due to gall stone. will she face any complications during pregnancy due to this stone.

doctor1 MD

Hello.
Thanks for choosing HealthcareMagic forum.
Gall stones do not cause any abnormalities in the baby. The only problem she might have is of pain due to the gall stones.If the pain is unbearable then it becomes difficult to operate her for gall stones due to pregnancy.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal

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My Mother is 71 years old.she has diabetes,pressure,low haemoglobin,gall stones,she is lossing weight.she complains that she is feeling weak,a friend suggested that i give her this nutrilite protein supplement of amway..was just worried if there are any side effects also to take note she has gall stones

doctor1 MD

Hi,
Thanks for asking.
Based on your query, my opinion is as follows.
1. Weakness, weight loss suggests malnutrition.
2. Improvement in overall diet along with nutrilite protein diet will be helpful. Also need to keep her mobile and active with mild exercises and minor activities to improve...

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my son is 20 years old he has sickle cell anemia wen he was younger he used to take pen vk tablets along with folic acid. last year he has been diagnosed with gall stone and yesterday i had to mrush him to the doctor for costochrondritis. what do u think we should start doing?

doctor1 MD

Hi
Thank you for asking HCM
I have gone through your query.For costochondritis i advise my patients with anti inflammatory gels of diclofenac or nimusulide for local application.Those who has more pain and which is not relieving by anti inflammatory gels or tablets i advise local injection of...

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hi i am currently 35 weeks pregnant and have been in and out of the hospital since 24 weeks for pre term labor caused by my gall stones and attacks . they wont do surgery until after i deliver the baby but i have been having attacks multiple times a week and have changed diet drastically and it hasn't helped . do you think this is a reason for induction between 37-38 weeks ?

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hi if it is causing you so much discomfort ideally you should be induced at 38 weeks once the baby reaches pulmonary maturity. because repeated attacks of gall bladder pain are not good for you .it can cause obstructive jaundice. so best is to induce labour by 38 weeks . take care and all the...

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I have two gall stones of size 15mm and 16mm. i have some urinary infection. i was treated with antifungal oral and vaginal gel. i do not have relief from itching on the vulva and around vagina. pl let me know if these gall stones are putting pressure on the urinary bladder and inturn creating urine infection. am not able to pass urine in a satisfactory manner. i have bulky uterus. i have a teenage son. am 43 years. pl help me.

doctor1 MD

Hello and welcome to Healthcamagic.
It can't be that gallstones press bladder since this is anatomically too. distant too cause something like this so you should find other causes of your symptoms which can be uroinfection,or kidney stones and you need to do urinoculture and ultrasound of...

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My wife is having pain in abdomin for a long time. And recently ultasound sonography done and found some gall stones of maximum size 20mm. What do you suggest? whether to go for surgery? if yes, is emergency? We wanted to have the surgery done in the month of March 2013.

doctor1 MD

Hi XXXXXXX
Welcome to Healthcaremagic Forum.
Let me know the associated symptoms along with the abdominal pain.
Does she has fever/ vomiting or nausea/ constipation/ diarrhea/ yellow discoloration of eyes and urine/ acidic belching?
What is the type of abdominal pain?
Is there any aggravating or...

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Hello Dr, My mother is suffering from CAD(TVD), EF is 45%, she has multiple gall stones, Chronis diabetes and hyper tension, she is on:Novomix 30 14units morning and 12 units night,Tripride 1 BD,Clopitab A75 OD,Betaloc 50 BD,Nicoran 10 BD,Nitrocontin 6.4 BD,Rancad 500 BD,Envas 5 OD,Daxid 50 OD,Rivotril .5 BD,Razo D OD,Dr suggested they can't treat gall stones without doing CABGand my mother is not ready for CABG. she develops pain in abdomen within one hour of taking her meals. kindly suggest your opinion.Thanks

doctor1 MD

Hello,

Considering your mother’s comorbid gall stone surgery is not advisable in the setting of Tripple vessel disease because it will be a risk full surgery.

To treat gall stones she has to undergo CABG or cardiac Stenting first. You can consult a cardiologist regarding the same for further...

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Hi iam diagnised with gall stones 4 months ago.i had pain below right ribgage. i was also passing black stools. i had undergone colonoscopy and had terminal illium. I was given providac capsule for 1 month. then i had gall stone and i takinh udihep 300mg tablets from july till now. all was fine but 2 days back i had passed stool for 6 times. it is not loose. Please help.
please suggest if surgery is necassary for gall stones. I had gall bladder sludge and latter stone. please advise permanent remedy for this problem.

doctor1 MD

Hi AAAAA
Thanks for posting your query.
Let me explain your query one by one.
Do you have abdominal pain increasing after meals?
Do you have spasmodic abdominal pain/ vomiting/ fever?
Do you have yellow discoloration of sclera & urine/ itching in body/ fever/ vomiting? If any of the above...

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Recent questions on  Gall stones

doctor1 MD

Hello Dr, My mother is suffering from CAD(TVD), EF is 45%, she has multiple gall stones, Chronis diabetes and hyper tension, she is on:Novomix 30 14units morning and 12 units night,Tripride 1 BD,Clopitab A75 OD,Betaloc 50 BD,Nicoran 10 BD,Nitrocontin 6.4 BD,Rancad 500 BD,Envas 5 OD,Daxid 50 OD,Rivotril .5 BD,Razo D OD,Dr suggested they can t treat gall stones without doing CABGand my mother is not ready for CABG. she develops pain in abdomen within one hour of taking her meals. kindly suggest your opinion.Thanks

doctor1 MD

Hello. My husband is in post pancreatitis stage and is home leading a normal life . The cause of this illness remains a mystery to the doctors that attended to him as he does not drink alcohol and gall stones were also ruled out. My question is, what kind of foods shld he be eating? I don t want to know about diets that help lose your belly, I want to know about nutrition. What my husband does is if he gets an ache and upset tummy, he reviews what he ate over the last few meals and assumes a certain food caused and just says he wont eat it again, and this goes on til the next tummy ache. He does still take creon and he is not a diabetic at this stage based on tests that have been done. We are based in Cairns Aussie. Any advice or education on these issues wld be most appreciated. Regards Ruth Young

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My 98 year old mother was diagnosed with mitral valve regurgitation. She was placed on lasix and after 4 weeks became dehydrated as evidenced by an unexplained rash and itchiness on scalp and chest. Went to a dermatologist and the physician did not find any bug source, being that my mother resides in a nursing home. My mother s BUN rate was 90 but after being hospitalized for the past 2 days and hydrated with an IV is lowering now to 50. Her creatine level is normal as well as her glucose leves. Blood pressure is normal -146/72. They discovered a UTI for which the doctors are administering rocephin until they specify the exact bacterium. Results should be back today. She is on Celexa for mood elevation - which is questionable as to its efficacy (40mg daily for the past 2 years). A catscan yesterday revealed an enlarged liver which is pressing on the pancreas. They want to do an ercp scope to rule out gall stones - which she has no history of - what other tests should we run.

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For the past week and a half now I ve been experiencing a growing level of nausea. Shortly after eating it is the worst, but then the nausea generally subsides about 30 minutes to an hour after. It doesn t matter what food type, it s anything I eat. At first when I started having this problem I figured I was getting sick. But I have no other symptoms. No sore throat, coughing, sneezing, or anything like that. I have acid reflux disease, but keep it under control with medication. I ve never had this problem before, and don t understand what it could be. It s really annoying because I have to force myself to eat now, and I ve lost my appetite for almost all foods because I know how I ll feel after eating. It s really stressing me out, and I know I would have to go to a doctor to get a 100% answer, but I can t afford it. I don t eat a lot of junk food, and have actually started eating a lot healthier because I figured it would combat the problem, but it s not doing much. I ve been drinking a lot of fluids also to try and help. When I do drink fluids I don t get nauseas, only when I eat solid food. A couple of months ago I had an ultra sound for gall stones for a completely unrelated problem but there weren t any. Any idea what this might be?

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Two days ago I had stomach pain (approaching severe) after eating fresh spinach sautéed with garlic in olive oil and butter and stopped eating for about 18 hours. Had a normal bowel movement. Felt better so yesterday started eating white toast,...

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I need an opinion... I just had a Cat Scan where they found 3 small hernias in my upper stomach + several small gall stones in my gall bladder .. I have no discomfort, pain or symptons whatsoever from any of these two issues, but the surgeon...

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