Gallstone is a common medical condition which affects the adults. It may or may not cause symptoms. According to estimates about eight in 10 people with gallstones have no symptoms and hence are not aware that they have gallstones. Severity of symptoms in cases with symptomatic gallstones can vary from mild to severe. Gallstones that don't cause any symptoms or illness are termed "silent" stones. They are most often diagnosed accidentally when the person is being evaluated for some other medical condition or during a routine health check-up.
Gallstones cause symptoms in case of:
Sites where the gallstone can get stuck include:
Symptoms of Gallstones
A common and dramatic presentation of gallstone disease is biliary colic (a condition in which the gallstone blocks one of the bile ducts). It causes 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).
Pain in a typical attack may be felt in the:
Biliary colic attack usually starts after eating a heavy fatty meal, and may occur during the night. It is usually not relieved by going to the toilet or after passing wind.
Other symptoms which may be associated with pain in biliary colic are:
These symptoms can occur in several other medical conditions including a heart attack. So if you have one or more of these symptoms consult your doctor.
In less dramatic presentation of gallstone disease the person may have repeated episodes of abdominal pain, indigestion, feeling unwell, nausea and vomiting, bloating sensation of the abdomen and passing excessive gas and belching. Some people can develop
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