Gallstones are the most common cause of emergency admission of patients with severe abdominal pain. Gallstones are hard, solid formations that develop in the gallbladder due to the aggregation of certain components of digestive secretions. They can be of two kinds; cholesterol stones, which are made of cholesterol found in bile, and pigment stones, which are made of bilirubin. About 80% of gallstones are cholesterol stones, yellowish-green in color while others are smaller and darker in appearance.
In most circumstances, having gallstones is not a life threatening condition. However, it can be very painful and discomforting and in the unfortunate instance of complications, they can be seriously incapacitating. The most serious complication that can occur with gallstones is infection which can be dangerous if it spreads to other parts of the body. Hence, one should be on the lookout for the following signs of stones in the gallbladder. When they appear, it is best to consult a physician immediately so as to attain relief at the earliest.
1. No Visible Signs
Gallstones can remain asymptomatic for many, many years. This is because they do not pose any problems just by virtue of their existence. Such stones are termed “silent stones” and require no treatment. They may be discovered incidentally on x-rays or investigations performed for some other condition. However, when and if these stones get lodged in the bile duct, thereby causing a blockage, other signs and symptoms appear – it is then, that medical attention is required.