Gallstone is a common medical condition in adults for which they visit their health care provider. Biliary colic is a common and dramatic presentation of gallstone disease. The person experiences sudden and intense pain in the abdomen that can last from 30 minutes to several hours (in some cases it may last just a few minutes). Abdominal pain is a common symptoms but it can be a symptom of some life-threatening condition if—it is intense, you have a heart condition or are older than 60.
Consult a doctor immediately for abdominal pain if you have:
Consult a doctor if you have one or more of the following symptoms suggestive of some serious medical condition:
Watchful waiting can be considered in a person with first attack of gallstone pain (which was mild and not associated with complications such as blocked bile duct). During this period you will be monitored for signs and symptoms suggestive of progression of disease. Most doctors consider it better to wait until you have had another attack of biliary colic before proceeding with cholecystectomy (surgical removal of the gallbladder).
Who to consult
Some health professionals who can be consulted for gallstones include:
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