Gallstones Video

The liver makes a liquid called bile to break down fats during digestion. Bile is stored in the ga...
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The liver makes a liquid called bile to break down fats during digestion. Bile is stored in the gallbladder, a pouch-like organ that lies on the underside of the liver. When bile is needed for digestion, it flows from the gall bladder through the cystic duct and common bile duct into the first part of the small intestine. Substances in bile, most commonly cholesterol, may collect to form stones which can block the flow of bile. This blockage can lead to painful inflammation or cholecystitis, which is usually treated by surgical removal of the gall bladder and stones in a procedure called a cholecystectomy.

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