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      Category : Health Centers > Digestive System


Alternate Names : Cholelithiasis

Gallstones | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Most cases cannot be prevented. Maintaining a normal weight and eating a low-fat, high-fiber diet may prevent some cases.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

Many people have asymptomatic gallstones for years without any problem. However, complications of gallstones may include:

  • blockage of the ducts that carry bile to the intestines
  • bowel obstruction
  • gallbladder disease
  • liver disease
  • pancreatitis, or infection of the pancreas
  • What are the risks to others?

    Gallstones are not contagious and pose no risk to others.

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    Gallstones: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Michael Peetz, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 05/31/01

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