People are not unfamiliar with stones, they have heard about them, but they do not know much about them. Some people even worry about stones turning into cancer after they are discovered, and spend the whole day worrying.
Whether stones will turn into cancer or not depends on the individual. Most people will not turn into cancer if they have a reasonable diet and insist on review. Gallstones have a very low chance of turning into cancer, but there is a serious problem, that is, when the stones develop to an advanced stage, they often need to be removed to save their lives. The removal of the gallbladder is unacceptable to many people.
As with other diseases, if stones are detected and treated as early as possible, you won’t have to worry about the problems associated with them. What exactly are the symptoms of gallstones and how do they differ in different parts of the body need to be distinguished.
Gallstones can be divided into gallbladder stones, extrahepatic bile duct stones, and intrahepatic bile duct stones based on their location, and different types of stones behave differently.
What specific symptoms do people with gallstones have?
In patients with gallbladder stones, the bile in the gallbladder does not flow evenly and pressure builds up inside the gallbladder. The number of contractions of the gallbladder increases significantly, which often irritates the stones and causes colic in the hepatobiliary area.
This colic is very different from other pains in that it is concentrated in the right upper abdomen, and each pain can be long, lasting about half an hour. In some people, the pain may radiate to other areas, such as the shoulder and back, where the gallbladder is located.
Colic is the main manifestation, but not the only one, and most people also develop inflammation. When stimulated by inflammation, a number of digestive problems can occur, such as a bloated stomach and frequent acid reflux.
What are the symptoms of extrahepatic bile duct stones?
Extrahepatic gallstones also cause abdominal pain, but the symptoms are not primarily abdominal pain, but “chills and high fever”. Stones in the bile ducts mainly affect the bile ducts, preventing the normal transport of bile and causing some inflammation of the bile ducts.
Inflammation is usually accompanied by signs of fever and chills, except in extrahepatic cholecystitis, where the fever can reach 40 degrees, which is the main feature that distinguishes it from other febrile manifestations.
Another characteristic is jaundice. Bile is secreted by the liver and transported through the bile ducts to the gallbladder where other metabolic processes are completed. If there are stones in the bile ducts, the bile transport is blocked and more bile accumulates in the body, which is distributed to the skin and eyes by other means, and yellowing of the skin and eyes becomes the main characteristic.
Intrahepatic bile duct stones, is there a difference?
Of the three types of stones, intrahepatic bile duct stones are the most insidious, usually without obvious symptoms and very difficult to detect. However, when they are affected by external factors, some abnormalities may appear but are easily overlooked.For example, fever and abdominal pain in the case of cold, and bacterial infection in the case of cold. Other than that, there are no other characteristics to speak of.
Among these three types of gallstones, gallbladder stones are relatively more dangerous and can cause inflammation and develop into cancer if neglected. Extrahepatic gallstones and intrahepatic bile duct stones, on the other hand, can cause damage to the liver, so it is also important to pay more attention to them, actively prevent them, avoid staying up late, avoid eating cold food, and take good care of the liver.
The effects of growing stones on the body exist whether or not they become cancerous. This is especially true of gallstones. Gallstones in different locations have different symptoms and effects, so they need to be treated differently and cannot be generalized.