My Condition


My Gallstones

Gallstones are small stones made up of cholesterol that form in your gallbladder. In most cases gallstones do not cause any symptoms and don’t need to be treated.

If a gallstone becomes trapped in an opening duct inside the gallbladder, it can cause intense abdominal pain that usually lasts between one and five hours. This type of abdominal pain is known as biliary colic.

Some people with Gallstones may also develop complications, including inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis). This can cause:

  • persistent pain
  • jaundice
  • fever

Read more about the complication of gallstones.

The gallbladder is a small organ found underneath the liver. Its core purpose is to store and concentrate bile, a liquid produced by the liver to assist in digesting fats. Bile is passed from the liver into the gallbladder through a series of channels known as bile ducts.

The bile is stored in the gallbladder and overtime becomes more concentrated, which improves the digestion of fats.

The gallbladder releases bile into the digestive system when it is needed.


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Videos about gallstones | NHS website (previously NHS Choices)
Last reviewed: 14 May 2018

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