What are gallstones (cholelithiasis)?

Updated: Apr 01, 2019
  • Author: Douglas M Heuman, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Cholelithiasis is the medical term for gallstone disease. Gallstones are concretions that form in the biliary tract, usually in the gallbladder (see the image below).

Excised gall bladder opened to show 3 gallstones. Excised gall bladder opened to show 3 gallstones. Image from Science Source (http://www.sciencesource.com/).

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