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Gallstones

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Introduction
Gallstones are small stones, usually made of cholesterol, that form in the gallbladder. In most cases they do not cause any symptoms and do not need to be treated.
Symptoms of gallstones
Many people with gallstones do not have any symptoms and are unaware they have them unless they are detected during tests carried out for another reason.
Causes of gallstones
It is thought that gallstones develop because of an imbalance in the chemical make-up of bile inside the gallbladder.
Diagnosing gallstones
As many people with gallstones do not have any symptoms, they are often discovered by chance during investigations of unrelated conditions.
Treating gallstones
The treatment plan for gallbladder conditions will depend on how the symptoms are affecting your daily life.
Complications of gallstones
In a small number of people with gallstones, serious problems can develop if the gallstones cause a severe blockage or move into another part of the digestive system.
Preventing gallstones
Changes to your diet and losing weight (if you are overweight) may help prevent gallstones.
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