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What are gallstones?

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Gallstones are crystal-like deposits that develop in your gallbladder -- a small, pear-shaped organ that stores bile, a digestive fluid made by your liver. These deposits may be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball; they may be hard or soft, smooth or jagged. You may have several gallstones or just one. The longer a stone is in the gallbladder, the more likely it is to be a problem.

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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