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What problems can gallstones cause?

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Gallstones in the bile pathway may make a duct inflamed and possibly infected. Blockage of the common bile duct, which merges with the pancreatic duct at the small intestine, can lead to inflammation of the pancreas (gallstone pancreatitis). In a rare but serious condition that happens most often in older women, gallstones can move into the small intestine and block the passageway into the large intestine.

SOURCES: 

The Mayo Clinic. 

National Digestive Disease Informational Clearinghouse. 

Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders. 

American Liver Foundation.

Annals of Surgery : "Gallstones."

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 31, 2019

SOURCES: 

The Mayo Clinic. 

National Digestive Disease Informational Clearinghouse. 

Colorado Center for Digestive Disorders. 

American Liver Foundation.

Annals of Surgery : "Gallstones."

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 31, 2019

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