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Gall bladder stone disease

What are gallbladder stones?

Gallbladder (also spelt as gallbladder) is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just beneath the liver. The gallbladder holds a digestive fluid called bile that's released into the small intestine. Gall bladder stones (also known as gallstones) are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can form in the gallbladder. Gallstones range in size from as small as a grain of sand to as large as a golf ball. Some people develop just one gallstone, while others develop many gallstones at the same time.

People who experience symptoms from their gallstones usually require gallbladder removal surgery. Gallstones that don't cause any signs and symptoms typically don't need treatment.

What are the symptoms of gallbladder stones?

What are the types of gallstones?

Types of gallstones that can form in the gallbladder include:

What are the risk factors for gallstones?

Factors that may increase your risk of gallstones include:

What are the complications of gallstones?

Complications of gallstones may include:

How are gallstones diagnosed?

Tests and procedures used to diagnose gallstones include:

What is the treatment of gall bladder stones?

For silent gallstones:

Most people with gallstones that don't cause symptoms will never need treatment. Your doctor will determine if treatment for gallstones is indicated based on your symptoms and the results of diagnostic testing.Your doctor may recommend you be alert for symptoms of gallstone complications, such as intensifying pain in your upper right abdomen. If gallstone signs and symptoms occur in the future, you can have treatment.

Treatment options for symptomatic gallstones include: