Alternate Names : Cholelithiasis
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
jaundice, or yellowing of the eyes and skin
severe, constant abdominal pain