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Your gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ under your liver. It stores bile, a fluid made by your liver to digest fat. As your stomach and intestines digest food, your gallbladder releases bile through a tube called the common bile duct. The duct connects your gallbladder and liver to your small intestine.

Your gallbladder is most likely to give you trouble if something blocks the flow of bile through the bile ducts. That is usually a gallstone. Gallstones form when substances in bile harden. Gallstone attacks usually happen after you eat. Signs of a gallstone attack may include nausea, vomiting, or pain in the abdomen, back, or just under the right arm.

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  1. Gallstones (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... through the bile ducts. That is usually a gallstone. Gallstones form when substances in bile harden. Gallstone attacks usually happen after you eat. Signs of ...
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    ... require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader Dieting and Gallstones Introduction What are gallstones? How can I tell ... prevent this very common health problem. What are gallstones? Gallstones are hard crystals that may form in ...
  4. Gallstones From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
    ... A-Z List of Topics and Titles : Gallstones Gallstones On this page: What are gallstones? What is ... Research References For More Information Acknowledgments What are gallstones? Gallstones are hard particles that develop in the ...
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  6. Gallstones in American Indian/Alaska Native Women (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)  
    ... Health > American Indians/Alaska Natives Minority Women's Health Gallstones Health conditions common in American Indian and Alaska Native women: More information on gallstones Gallstones are pieces of solid matter that form ...
  7. Gallstones From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
    Gallstones National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse What are gallstones? Gallstones are hard particles that develop in the ... the duodenum to mix with food. What causes gallstones? Imbalances in the substances that make up bile ...
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  10. Gallstones (American Academy of Family Physicians)  
    MENU Return to Web version Gallstones Overview What are gallstones? The gallbladder is an internal organ just under your liver. It stores the digestive fluids that are ...
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