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My husband is 43 and recently he was diagnosed with gallstones. Before that, he seemed perfectly healthy. I would like to know more about gallstones. Are they dangerous?

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Gallstones form when liquid stored in the gallbladder hardens into pieces of stone-like material. The liquid is called bile and it helps the body digest fats. It is made in the liver and stored in the gallbladder until the body needs to digest fat. There are two types of gallstones: cholesterol stones and pigment stones. Cholesterol stones are usually yellow-green and made of hardened cholesterol. They account for about 80% of gallstones. Pigment stones are small and dark stones, made of bilirubin. Sizes of gallstones vary from a grain of sand to size of a golf ball. The gallbladder can develop just one large stone or hundreds of tiny stones. It can also develop almost any combination of the stones. It is believed that cholesterol stones form when bile contains too much cholesterol, too much bilirubin, or not enough bile salts. Also, they are believed to develop when the gallbladder does not empty as it should for some other reason. The cause of pigment stones is uncertain and they tend to develop in people who have cirrhosis, biliary tract infections, and hereditary blood disorders. One of them is sickle cell anemia, in which too much bilirubin is formed. Your husband will be ok as long as he taking care of himself and goes to regular checkups. I wish him all the best.
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