What Is the Definition of Gallstones?

Q:
What is the definition of gallstones?

A:
Gallstones are not really stones. They are pieces of solid material that form in the gallbladder, a small organ located under the liver.

Symptoms of gallstones only occur when there are complications. They include:

  • Nausea
  • Indigestion
  • Pain in the upper belly
  • Bloating

Causes of gallstones:

  • Diet
  • Weight
  • Genes
  • Gallbladder-related problems

Risk factors:

  • Losing weight too quickly
  • Diabetes
  • Birth control pills
  • Obesity

If you think you have some of the symptoms of gallstones, go to your doctor. Delayed treatment may lead to more serious problems.

 

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