Diagnosis and Types of Gallstone

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Types of Gallstone

  • Cholesterol gall stones. Yellow color gallstones contain undissolved cholesterol, although it may contain other components such as calcium and bilirubin (weak red blood cell remnants). 80 percent of gallstones are cholesterol stones.
  • Pigmented gallstones. Small dark chocolate or black colored stones formed when there were too many bilirubin. It can be suffered by those who experience cirrhosis, biliary tract infection and sickle cell anaemia that produce excessive bilirubin.
  • Primary duct gallstones. These stones will form in your common bile duct and can cause infection. However, this type of stones relatively rare to happen.
Gallstones photo, small gallstones and large gallstones.
Gallstones can come in many shapes and sizes from as small as a sand grain
to as big as golf ball.

Diagnosis

Most gall stones particularly which shows no signs or symptoms, and usually were traced during doing some tests – including ultrasound test or computerized tomography scan – which were done for other reasons.

If you have a sign or symptom of gallstone, your doctor will suspect you to have the stated condition based on your family’s medical background and physical examination.

During the examination, your doctor will check for jaundice on your skin or whiteness in your eye and your abdomen will be check by palpation to see whether there is any pain when being pressed.

If your doctor suspects you to suffer gallstone, you may have to take a blood test to check for any signs of infection, abnormal level of pancreatic or liver enzyme, or excess bilirubin.

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