The medical name for Gallstones is Cholelithiasis
Often they are formed in the Gallbladder.
Gallstones can be present in the common bile duct, the gallbladder, and other places.
Often the stones pass through the common bile duct into the Intestines.
Occassionally, the stones become to large to pass through the duct.
Risk factor is an increase in age
Gallstones can lead to Pancreatitis and Cholangitis
-Â Upper abdominal pain
-Â Possible jaundice
-Â Liver cell damage
-Â Charcotâ€™s triad and is a classic finding
*Charcot’s triad is fever, jaundice and abdominal pain
Ultrasound and CT may show impaired bile flow
-Â Possible laparoscopic may be necessary
-Â ERSP [Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography]
-Â Antibiotics occasionally given when required
-Â Surgical removal of Gallbladder is ofen helpful