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Gallstones - Overview

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Gallstones are small, hard deposits that can form in the gallbladder. Most people with gallstones don't even know they have them. But in some cases a stone may cause the gallbladder to become inflamed, resulting in pain, infection, or other serious complications.

Commonest symptoms are non-specific pain in the right side of the abdomen, usually precipitated by a meal. The pain ranges in severity to something that can be managed at home or in some cases, needing admission to hospital , iv antibiotics and strong painkillers

Gallstones can range in size from a few millimeters to several centimeters in diameter.

Diagnosis is confirmed by an abdominal ultrasound scan.

The recommended treatment is to remove the gallbladder and stones to prevent further episodes.