Gastrointestinal System - Gallbladder Disease

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Description and Key Nutrition Issues

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Cholelithiasis refers to the presence of gallstones (made of cholesterol or bilirubin) in the biliary tract, usually in the gallbladder (1,2). Most people with gallstones are asymptomatic (1-3). Depending on the size of the gallstone, the outflow of bile into the cystic duct can be blocked as the gallbladder contracts and results in an increase in tension in the gallbladder wall and the characteristic pain of biliary colic, often described as a gallbladder attack (3). This sudden pain often
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Last Updated: 2022-04-07