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Gallstones FAQs

Frequently asked questions about gallstones.

What Is the Gallbladder?
Learn what the gallbladder is and why we have one.

What Are Gallstones?
There are two types of gallstones. Learn what they are and how they form.

What Causes Gallstones?
Why do gallstones form?

What increases the risk of developing gallstones?
There are several risk factors for developing gallstones.

What is the treatment for gallstones?
Treatment of gallstones depends partly on whether you are experiencing symptoms or not.

How are gallstones diagnosed?
The symptoms caused by gallstones are similar to symptoms of a heart attack, appendicitis, peptic ulcers, IBS, hiatal hernias, pancreatitis, and hepatitis. For this reason, it is important that an accurate diagnosis is made.

What are the symptoms of gallstones?
Not everyone who has gallstones will have symptoms. For those who do, the symptoms go beyond just pain.

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