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Symptoms of Gallstones

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Symptoms of Gallstones

Most people who have gallstones do not have symptoms. These are called silent gallstones. They do not need treatment.

People who do have symptoms will have pain in the upper abdomen. It starts suddenly, often at night and after a fatty meal.

The Gallbladder.

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  • Gallstones. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/gallstones. Accessed March 17, 2022.


  • Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
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