Symptoms & Causes of Gallstones

What are Gallstones?

Gallstones are hardened pieces of digestive fluid, either cholesterol or bilirubin in the bile, that can form in the gallbladder, the small, pear-shaped organ located beneath your liver on the right side of the abdomen. Gallstones can range in size, with some of them being as small as a grain of rice and others as large as a golf ball. Many people will only develop one gallstone at a time, while others may have a mixture of sizes and multiple at once. 

Symptoms of Gallstones

Gallstones are very common and often display no symptoms. If a gallstone is large or lodges in a duct causing a blockage, you may notice signs such as:

A sudden flare-up of symptoms that goes away after a few minutes or hours is possible. If the symptoms persist and are severe, be sure to visit a digestive care specialist. 

Causes of Gallstones

Doctors believe gallstones form in the gallbladder when: 

 

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