GALLSTONES

Gallstones are formed in the gallbladder from bile cholesterol and bilirubin. The Gallbladder is a small sac-like organ situated below the liver and stores bile. The gallstones can block bile ducts which drain bile and cause abdominal pain. The pain due to stones is called biliary colic.

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What are gallstones?


Gallstones are formed in the gallbladder from bile cholesterol and bilirubin. The Gallbladder is a small sac-like organ situated below the liver and stores bile. The gallstones can block bile ducts which drain bile and cause abdominal pain. The pain due to stones is called biliary colic. They usually require surgical removal. If left untreated, stones can cause following complications:

  • Acute cholecystitis
  • Jaundice
  • Bile duct infection (cholangitis)
  • Sepsis, a blood infection
  • Inflammation of pancreas
  • Gallbladder cancer




What are the signs and symptoms of gallstones?


Gallstones present with the following characteristic signs and symptoms:

  • Pain in the upper right abdomen, especially after eating fatty meals. The pain is usually intermittent.
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Clay-colored stools
  • Dark urine
  • Stomach pain
  • Burping
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhea

Gallstones do not directly cause pain themselves. Instead, the blockage of bile ducts causes pain which impedes the flow off bile.Gallstones present with the following characteristic signs and symptoms:Pain in the upper right abdomen, especially after eating fatty meals. The pain is usually intermittent.nauseavomitingclay-colored stoolsdark urinestomach painburpingindigestiondiarrheaGallstones do not directly cause pain themselves. Instead, the blockage of bile ducts causes pain which impedes the flow off bile.




What causes gallstones?


There are a number of risk factors which increase the chances of gallstones in a person. The risk factors are as follows:

  • High level of cholesterol in bile
  • High level of bilirubin in bile
  • Concentrated bile
  • Obesity
  • High-cholesterol and low-fiber diet
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Family history
  • Pregnancy
  • High estrogen intake
The occurrence rate of gallstones is higher in women than in men.




How do we diagnose gallstones?


AT NYC Gastroentrology and Nutrition, our expert specialists make a definitive and reliable diagnosis of gallstones. The diagnosis is made in the following steps:

  • A complete medical history of the patient
  • A thorough physical examination
  • Blood tests
  • Ultrasound of abdomen
  • Abdominal CT Scan




How do we treat gallstones?


There are two treatment options for gall stones:

  1. Surgery known as cholecystectomy is done to remove gallstones. Your gastroenterologist might recommend to remove the gall bladder as gall stones have high recurrence rates.
  2. Medications are also given to dissolve gall stones however it takes a longer time to dissolve all the stones.





At NYC Gastroenterology and Nutrition, our gastroenterologist, Dr. Oliner, can provide top-class diagnosis and treatment for gallstones.  If you would like to book an appointment, you can call us at 646-957-2989 or book an appointment online.

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Dr. Charles Oliner, MD - NYC Gastroenterologist

Address: 247 3rd Avenue, Suite 201, New York, NY 10010
Phone: 646-957-2989  |  Fax: 212-228-2142
Email: droliner@newyorkcitygastro.com

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