Illustration of the gallbladder

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 ...
  2. Cholelithiasis; Gallbladder attack; Biliary colic; Gallstone attack; Biliary calculus: chenodeoxycholic acids (CDCA); Ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA, ursodiol); Endoscopic ...
  3. Gallstones From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
    ... Disease Organizations​​ (PDF, 341 KB)​​​​​ Alternate Language URL Gallstones Page Content On this page: What are gallstones? ... Research References For More Information Acknowledgments What are gallstones? Gallstones are hard particles that develop in the ...
  4. Dieting and Gallstones From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
    ... list of resources ​​. Alternate Language URL Dieting and Gallstones Page Content Introduction​​​ What are gallstones?​ How can ... prevent this very common health problem.​ What are gallstones? Gallstones are hard crystals that may form in ...
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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 in Women (American College of Gastroenterology)  
    Gallstones occur in up to 20% of American women by the age of 60. Women between the ... years are three times more likely to develop gallstones than men. Risk Factors for Development of Gallstones ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. Gallstones From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
  10. Chronic cholecystitis - discharge; Dysfunctional gallbladder - discharge; Choledocholithiasis - discharge; Cholelithiasis - discharge ... You have gallstones, hard, pebble-like deposits that formed ... gallbladder. You may have had an infection in your gallbladder. ...
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