Dr Öncel Yakar’s comments
Gallstones, which affect almost 20% of the general population, mostly remain ‘silent’. In this asymptomatic group, gallstones are detected incidentally during examinations performed for other reasons or during screening examinations such as check-ups. They may remain silent for many years, without causing any complaints.
The most common symptoms of stones are abdominal bloating, indigestion, and pain in the stomach, right flank, and back. If gallstones cause a complication, more serious problems such as gallbladder inflammation, biliary tract obstruction, or pancreatitis may occur. Although the diagnosis and treatment processes of each of these conditions differ, the common denominators are the complaints of sudden and severe pain in the right side generally radiating to the back, nausea and vomiting. Some of them also have different complaints such as high fever, chills, jaundice, darkening of urine color or whitening of stool color. In the presence of any of these complaints, a doctor should be consulted.