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      Category : Health Centers > Digestive System


Alternate Names : Cholelithiasis

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

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

There are three stages of gallstones: asymptomatic, symptomatic, and with complications. Sixty to 80% of gallstones are asymptomatic, meaning that they cause no symptoms.

If gallstones become symptomatic, the person may have the following symptoms:

  • a feeling of abdominal bloating and excessive gas
  • nausea and sometimes vomiting
  • pain that is usually in the upper right or middle part of the abdomen
  • radiation of the pain through to the back or into the shoulder
  • worsening of the pain after a heavy or fatty meal
  • If complications occur, the individual may develop further symptoms:

  • abnormally light-colored stools
  • blockage of the bowels
  • dark-colored urine
  • fever
  • itching
  • jaundice, or yellowing of the eyes and skin
  • severe, constant abdominal pain

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    Gallstones: Diagnosis & Tests

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

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