The gall bladder is a small pear-shaped organ. It is situated on the right side just below liver.
Liver produces about 1-1.5 litre bile, a yellow colored fluid every day. The bile duct is a tube that carries bile from the liver to the small intestine. About 50 ml is stored in gall bladder.. When a patient eats a fatty meal, the gall bladder squeezes out the bile to help absorb the fats.
Gall Bladder Stones
Stones form when cholesterol and other things found in bile precipitate making stones due to body’s chemistry getting out of balance.
They can also form if the Gallbladder continuously fails to empty as it should.
The size and number is generally determined by theamount of time that the stones have beenpresent.
WHO DEVELOP GALL STONES
- Women more than men – especially those with more than one child
- Women who are on long term oral contraceptive pills
- People over the age of forty
- People who have gained or lost a large amount of weight in a relatively short period of time
- People with certain other illnesses
- Sickle cell anemia
- Inflammatory bowel disease