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    Gallstone Symptoms: When Surgery Is Needed

    Gallstone Symptoms: When Surgery Is Needed

    Topic Overview

    Several conditions or situations may require surgery to remove the gallbladder . Surgery usually is needed when:

    • Your gallbladder suddenly becomes inflamed or infected (cholecystitis).
    • Gallstones cause repeated attacks of pain.
    • You have growths called polyps in the gallbladder, usually larger than 0.4 in. (1 cm), that are causing symptoms.
    • Gallstones cause inflammation of the pancreas ( pancreatitis ).
    • A nonfunctioning gallbladder is causing symptoms.
    • The gallbladder wall has calcified (porcelain gallbladder).
    • You have gallstones and an impaired immune system .

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    By Healthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
    Last Revised July 10, 2013

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