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If you experience pain or other symptoms that you think may be gallstones, visit your doctor

If you experience pain or other symptoms that you think may be gallstones, visit your doctor
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Gallstones are small, hard masses that form in your gallbladder, which is a small pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, below your liver.

Gallstones are formed from a digestive fluid called bile that is released by the gallbladder.

For reasons doctors don’t fully understand stones form in the bile that block the tubes that carry the digestive fluids from your gallbladder to your bowel. The stones can be the size of a grain of sand or a golf ball.

You may develop one gallstone or many. You could have gallstones and never have any symptoms or problems. But if you do experience pain or other symptoms that you think may be due to gallstones, visit your doctor.

If your doctor suspects that gallstones are the cause, you’ll probably be tested for gallstone disease.

There are two main types of gallstones which are caused by too much cholesterol (cholesterol gallstones) or too much bile (pigment gallstones).

Although diet doesn't directly cause gallbladder problems, or cure them, choosing a diet that’s low in fat and cholesterol and high in fibre, and maintaining a healthy weight, may help you prevent gallstones from forming and avoid discomfort if gallstones form. It’s possible that keeping to a healthy weight might also reduce your chances of having gallstones.

Last reviewed: November 2016

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Gallstones are stone-like deposits that form in the gallbladder. There are 2 main types of gallstones: cholesterol stones and pigment stones.

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Gallstones: complications -

Complications relating to gallstones include: inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis), bile duct (cholangitis), and pancreas (biliary pancreatitis); and obstruction of the intestine (gallstone ileus).

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Several tests may be used in the diagnosis of gallstones, including blood tests, ultrasound and other imaging tests.

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Gallstones are hard lumps of crystals that develop within the gall bladder. The gall bladder is a small sac underneath the liver. When the gall bladder works normally it collects and stores bile from the liver. Bile is a mixture of chemicals that help the digestion of food. At meal times the gall bladder squeezes the bile out and into the intestines.

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MRCP is a technique for imaging the bile ducts and the pancreatic duct (and the gallbladder, pancreas and liver) using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). It can show gallstones, tumours, and inflammation.

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Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, which can either be acute (sudden and severe) or chronic (ongoing). The pancreas is a gland that secretes both digestive enzymes and important hormones. Heavy alcohol consumption is one of the most common causes of chronic pancreatitis, followed by gallstones.

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ERCP is an investigation used to view the gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas and pancreatic duct.

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Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. The main symptom is pain in the upper abdomen that feels as if it goes through to your back.

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