Gallstones

Gallstones form when cholesterol and other things found in bile make stones. They can also form if the gallbladder does not empty the way it should. Gallstones can range from the size of a grain of salt to the size of a Ping-Pong ball.

Most gallstones do not cause problems, but they can travel to the bile duct and get stuck. In these cases, treatment is usually needed. People who are overweight or who are trying to lose weight quickly are more likely to get gallstones.


Common Symptoms

Symptoms include mild pain in the belly, jaundice, fever and chills. Gallstones may even feel like chest pain caused by a heart attack or other serious problems.

Screenings & Tests/Treatments

Several advanced procedures are used to treat gallstones including:

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