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Gallstone Attack: what are gallstones; what are the causes behind the formation of gallstones; what are the symptoms of a gallstone attack and how are the gallstones diagnosed and treated.

Hard stone formations that get deposited inside the gallbladder are termed as gallstones. The size of the gallstones can vary as much as a sand grain or a tennis ball. Gallstones are composed of cholesterol and other minerals and fatty chemicals present in the bile. Most gallstones do not lead to problems. But in case they get stuck or block a bile duct, they need to be treated immediately. Such a pain arising from a stuck gallstone is often termed as a gallstone attack.

 

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Causes behind gallstone formation

Gallstones are formed when cholesterol and other fatty chemicals found in bile deposit as stones. They can even be formed if the gallbladder is not emptying itself as much as it should leading to gallstone attack. People who usually are overweight or those who try losing weight quickly are more prone to a gallstone attack.

However the causes behind a gallstone attack varies. There are two main types of gallstones:

• The stones that are composed of cholesterol, which are the most common type of gallstones. Though the cholesterol gallstones have no relationship with cholesterol levels found in the blood.
• The stones that are composed of bilirubin, which usually occur when the red blood cells are destroyed (known as hemolysis). This results in too much bilirubin occurring in the bile. These stones are known as pigment stones.

Mostly occurring in women, Hispanics, Native Americans, and people over the age of 40, gallstone attack can genetically run in families too.

The following risk factors may make you more likely for developing gallstones or getting a gallstone attack:

• Bone marrow transplantation or some solid organ transplantation
• Diabetes
• The gallbladder fails in emptying the bile properly (a more likely risk factor that happens during pregnancy)
• Liver cirrhosis along with biliary path infections (or pigmented stones)
• Medical conditions leading the liver in making a lot of bilirubin, like chronic hemolytic anemia, that also includes sickle cell anemia

 

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Symptoms

Most of the people suffering from gallstones or getting a gallstone attack never show any sort of symptoms. The discovery of gallstones is often done when you go for a routine x-ray, ultrasound, some medical procedures or for abdominal surgery.

However, if there is a large stone that is blocking either bile duct or the cystic duct then you may experience cramps between the middle and right part of the upper abdomen known as biliary colic. The pain subsides when the stone makes its way towards the first part of the small intestine (called the duodenum).

Other concussing symptoms of gallstone attack include:

• Pain being experienced in the middle upper or the right upper abdomen, which:
o May be felt constantly
o May be dull, sharp or cramping
o May also spread towards the back or even below the right shoulder blade
• Fever
• Skin turning yellow (jaundice)
• Clay-colored stool
• Vomiting and nausea

It is highly suggested to consult a doctor in case you experience gallstone attack symptoms.

 

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Diagnosis and tests performed:

Tests performed for the detection of the reason behind gallstone attack or inflammation of the gallbladder includes:

• Abdominal ultrasound
• CT scans of the abdomen
• ERCP
• Endoscopic ultrasound
• Gallbladder radionuclide scan
• MRCP

Your doctor may ask you to go for the following blood tests:

• Bilirubin
• Functional tests of the liver
• Pancreatic enzymes

 

 

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Treatment

Generally, patients suffering from gallstone attack symptoms need surgery either immediately, or after a short time interval.

• A technique known as laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the most common surgical procedure. It uses smaller surgical incisions, which makes you recover soon. Patients are mostly discharged from the hospital on the same day of the surgery, or else the next morning.
• However, earlier, open gallbladder removal was the usual surgery that used to be performed in easier cases. This procedure is lesser performed now.

Medicines known as CDCA (chenodeoxycholic acids) or UDCA (ursodeoxycholic acid) may be given in the form of pills for dissolving cholesterol gallstones. It takes around 2 years or more to show positive results and the gallstones may also return after you end the treatment.

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