Cholelithiasis is when the bilestones or calculi form in the gallbladder. Gallstones are an aggregation of cholesterol, bile pigment or a combination of the both, located in the gallbladder or within the bile ducts of the liver. Some stones appear when there is too much cholesterol or bilirubin in the bile. Bile helps the body digest fats. Other stones form when there is an absence of bile salts or if the gallbladder fails to empty correctly. Patient sometime are asymptomatic or may present the following symptoms: vomiting, nausea, fever, abdominal pain and jaundice. It may create a rotten egg smell.
Choledocholithiasis is the presence of a stone in the common bile duct. Patient sometime presents the following symptoms vomiting, nausea, fever, abdominal pain and jaundice.
Cholangitis occurs when a gallstone or tumor obstructs the biliary or hepatic ducts, causing inflammation and bacterial infection. The infection causing this condition may also transfer to the liver.
Cholecystitis is an inflammation of the gallbladder, due to chemical irritation because of a cystic duct preventing the outflow of bile. The stools may also appear pale and may smell foul. People may experience constipation, bad breath, bad taste in the mouth or excess body odor.