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Question: 1 inch stone at the side of the gall bladder

 danacrafts - Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:28 am

My brother (aged 48) has a 1 inch stone, which xrays show is at the side of the gall bladder. Is there a way the stone can be crushed and emitted naturally? Or is surgery the only option?

We have heard of herbal remedies for kidney stones, is it advisable to try this in this particular case?
 John Kenyon, CNA - Thu May 28, 2009 10:21 pm

User avatar Hello --

Are we certain this is a kidney stone? At one inch it's unlikely to pass on its own if it is a kidney stone. Home remedies, which are questionable in the best of situations, would likely do nothing to move this thing. It should be evaluated for possible lithotrypsy (disintegration by powerful, concentrated sonic waves, a non-invasive and quick procedure). This also will often work to eliminate rather large, lodged gallstones as well, in case that's actually what's showing up.

X-ray isn't the gold standard for determining the nature of this object, but I would expect that if it is a true kidney stone there would be significant additional symptoms such as excruciating pain, nausea, blood in the urine, etc. If this is a true kidney stone it is an emergency. If it's a gallstone its an urgent matter. If it's neither, it needs to be identified for whatever it really is, and managed accordingly.

Hope this is helpful. Good luck to your brother.

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