Causing it to swell and resulting in sharp abdominal pain, vomiting, indigestion and, occasionally, fever.
If the gallstone blocks the common bile duct, jaundice (a yellowing of the skin) can occur.
Gallstones are small hard masses consisting primarily of cholesterol and bile salts that form in the gallbladder or in the bile duct. Ultrasound is most commonly used to locate gallstones, and in more complex cases, other X-ray tests may be used to evaluate gallbladder disease.
Over 500,000 minimally invasive cholecystectomies are performed annually, with the majority being removed through a laparoscopic approach. This is the safest procedure of choice for patients with asymptomatic, symptomatic, and most forms of complicated gallbladder disease.