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.

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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...

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...

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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...

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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...

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Gall stones do not cause any abnormalities in the baby. The only problem she might have is of...

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