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October 31, 2018

Gallstones: Symptomless and silent, or painful with a punch?

Many people with gallstones will not experience symptoms. However, for others, gallstones can be an extremely painful experience.
 

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Many people with gallstones will not experience symptoms, and they will only be found when a test is being done for another medical problem. These are the so-called “silent gallstones,” which are likely to remain quiet and not need treatment.

 

However, for others, gallstones can be an extremely painful experience involving reoccurring pain in the upper abdomen, which may be severe. Gallstone attacks can last as little as 15 minutes or several hours, and happen weeks, months, or years apart, creating continuous havoc on your patients’ quality of life.

 

Help your patients understand their condition and provide them answers about the treatment and prevention of gallstones using the AGA Patient Education Section in the November 2018 issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Refer patients to the AGA GI Patient Center for more information on gallstones and other GI-related information.

 

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