Gallstones are hard, stone-like mineral deposits that form inside the gallbladder. Gallstones may be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be numerous for those with an imbalance of the liver and gallbladder.
The cause of gallstones varies. There are two main types of gallstones:
Gallstones made out of cholesterol are by far the most common type. Cholesterol is a biproduct of the enzymes produced to break down the fat in the gallbladder.
Stones made from too much bilirubin in the bile. Bile is a liquid made in the liver that helps the body digest fats. Bile is made up of water, cholesterol, bile salts, and other chemicals, such as bilirubin. Such stones are called pigment stones.
Gallstones are more common in women, Native Americans and other ethnic groups, and people over age 40. Gallstones are also known to run in families.
The following also make you more likely to develop gallstones:
Failure of the gallbladder to empty bile properly (this is more likely to happen during pregnancy)
Medical conditions that cause the liver to make too much bilirubin, such as chronic hemolytic anemia, including sickle cell anemia
Liver cirrhosis and biliary tract infections (pigmented stones)
Bone marrow or solid organ transplant
Rapid weight loss or changes in the diet, particularly eating a very low-calorie diet
Receiving nutrition through a vein for a long period of time (intravenous feedings)
Many people with gallstones will never have any symptoms of noticable outright pain. Nonetheless, there are many tale-tale signs of a gallbladder that it is not working properly. In many cases, gallstones are often discovered when having a routine scan, abdominal surgery, or other medical procedure, unless a cleanse or flush is done.
However, if a stone moves towards either the cystic duct or common bile duct , you may ave a cramping pain in the middle to right upper abdomen. This is known as biliary colic. The pain goes away if the stone passes into the duodenum.
Symptoms that may occur include:
Pain under the right ribs:
May go away and come back
May be sharp, cramping, or dull
May spread to the back or below the right shoulder blade
Occurs within minutes of a meal
Yellowing of skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice)
Additional symptoms that may occur with this disease include:
Abdominal fullness and the feeling of bloating, hunger pains, stomach cramping
Nausea, indigestion, acid reflux and vomiting
Tests used to detect gallstones or gallbladder inflammation include:
Abdominal CT or CAT scan
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
Gallbladder radionuclide scan
Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)
Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiogram (PTCA)
Your doctor may also order the following blood tests:
Liver function tests
The end result, most doctors will recommend to remove your gallbladder when there are alternatives that are safe and effective.
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