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Your gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ located underneath your liver. As an important component of the biliary tract, its primary purpose is to store the concentrated digestive bile enzyme produced by the liver.

As you age cholesterol and other substances like bilirubin can start to build up in your gallbladder. These small deposits, which are sometimes referred to as gallstones, can cause significant pain and other complications.

Gallstones can range in size from a small particle the size of a grain of sand to something as large as a golf ball. Early symptoms of a problem with your gallbladder could include discomfort in the upper right abdominal quadrant with suddenly increasing pain in the abdomen.

Some individuals with developing gallstones will also complain of pain and discomfort between the shoulders or near the right shoulder. This could be accompanied by a yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes, as well as a high fever and chills.

Early diagnosis of gallstones is very important. The treatment plan put forth by Tomas Birriel, MD will vary depending on the severity of the problem.

If you have been experiencing symptoms of a gallstone problem, you should call 985-312-4774 to set up an appointment at Dr. Tomas Birriel’s clinic in Morgan City, Louisiana.