Gallstones are small stones found in the gallbladder and are usually harmless. They can however sporadically become lodged in the bile duct and cause intense cramps and stomach aches.
Gallstones are small stones found in the gallbladder or the bile duct. These stones can cause severe pain when lodged in the ducts through which the bile flows out of the gallbladder.
Women, elderly, and overweighted people are more likely to suffer from gallstones than men, young people, and people of average weight. Gallstones do not always cause complaints, especially when they are located in the gallbladder. When gallstones however reach the bile duct and get stuck there, they can cause intense cramps and pains, usually on the right side of the upper abdomen. Gallstones rarely cause jaundice (icterus), which produces a yellow discoloration of the skin and the white part of the eyes. Moreover gallstones can also cause inflammation of the gallbladder (so called cholecystitis).
The primary treatment for cholecystitis consists of the administration of pain medication and observing the person affected. Gallstones, which have clogged the bile duct, can be removed via endoscopy. This will be done using a device with light, camera and a working instrument in the same way as in a gastroscopy. If the patient within his lifetime experiences multiple such stones with intense pain, then is is usually decided to undergo a surgical removal of the gallbladder (so called cholecystectomy).
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Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
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Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
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Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
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Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
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