Overall, about 15% of people with gallstones have them in the common
bile duct. But if you are a young person with gallstones, your chances of
having them in your common bile duct are lower. Your chances of getting
gallstones in your common bile duct increase as you get older. As many as 50%
of elderly people with gallstones have them in the common bile duct.1
If your doctor just broke the news that you're lactose intolerant, don't assume that you'll never be able to savor another bite of ice cream.
At first, many people fear they'll have to give up all dairy products, says Dee Sandquist, MS, RD, a dietitian in Fairfield, Iowa. But with some experimentation, most people with lactose intolerance discover that they can still eat small amounts of dairy without triggering symptoms, such as bloating, gas, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, or nausea. Dairy foods...
Doctors seldom recommend surgery to remove gallstones that are not
causing symptoms if the only purpose is to prevent gallbladder cancer.
Friedman LS (2010). Diseases of the biliary tract section of Liver, biliary tract, and pancreas. In SJ McPhee, MA Papadakis, eds., 2010 Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment, 49th ed., pp. 634-641. New York: McGraw-Hill.
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E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
July 15, 2011
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July 15, 2011
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