Alternate Names : Cholelithiasis
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
pancreatitis, or infection of the pancreas
What are the risks to others?
Gallstones are not contagious and pose no risk to others.