Gallstones

What Causes Gallstones?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of gallstones we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow gallstones to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind gallstones consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to gallstones.  Here are four possibilities:
  • High LDL/HDL Ratio
  • A Weight Problem
  • Cirrhosis Of The Liver
  • Epstein-Barr Virus

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
suspected liver cirrhosis
sensitivity to bright light
having high percentage body fat
very pale fingernails
edema of the ankles/lower legs
moderate epigastric pain
severe emotional instability
high air pollution exposure
red palms/fingertips
frequent 'chills'
frequent episodes of diarrhea
nausea for 1-3 months
... and more than 40 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of gallstones:
Cause Probability Status
Cirrhosis Of The Liver 99% Confirm
Epstein-Barr Virus 26% Unlikely
High LDL/HDL Ratio 2% Ruled out
A Weight Problem 2% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate gallbladder problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you had a problem with gallstones?
Possible responses:
→ My gallbladder has been removed / don't know
→ No, tests have confirmed none are present
→ Yes, but it/they were passed without surgery
→ Yes, but it/they only cause few/minor symptoms
→ Yes, they cause frequent/major symptoms
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate confirmed absence of gallstones, past non-surgical gallstone removal, having non-problematic gallstones or having problematic gallstones, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Cirrhosis of the Liver

If cirrhosis prevents bile from reaching the gallbladder, a person may develop gallstones as a result.

Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)

Bladder dysfunction is said to be a symptom.

LDL/HDL Ratio, High

Gallstone formation does not correlate with blood cholesterol levels, but persons with low HDL cholesterol (the so-called good cholesterol) levels or high triglyceride levels are at increased risk.

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