Gallbladder and Biliary Tract: the main questions and answers

Here you will find questions and answers about the various diseases of bile. From the causes to self-help.

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How does ursodeoxycholic acid counteract gallstones?

Ursodeoxycholic acid stimulates the release of bile acids, resulting in increased bile flow. The drug is thus able to eliminate smaller gallstones - as far as it is the most common form, namely cholesterol gallstones.

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How are gallstones treated?

In asymptomatic gallstones, which are accidentally found in other studies, generally no acute measures are necessary. On the other hand, if the gallstones cause discomfort or have already triggered a colic, action must be taken.

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What increases the risk of getting gallstones?

In the industrialized nations, gallstones are mainly caused by an excess of cholesterol in bile as so-called cholesterol stones or mixed stones. It was found that there are factors that have a beneficial effect on the formation of gallstones.

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Upper abdominal cramps: What else can it be besides biliary colic?

Severe right upper abdominal pain or abdominal cramps can have many causes, not just those of the gallbladder. From more "harmless" diseases such as the gastritis (gastritis) or too much air in the stomach to severe inflammation, in principle, everything is conceivable.

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Can the entrapment of a gallstone be dangerous?

If a gallstone is trapped in a constriction for a long time, further complications may occur. Even if they are not very common, they are not dangerous.

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Gallstone disease: what can you do about it yourself?

A biliary colic is always an emergency. Not only because of the pain, but also because of possible complications. In this case, you should always consult a doctor.

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