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Gallstones in Children

About Your Child's Care and Condition

A child with gallstones? Yes, it's entirely possible. If your child has a chronic health condition like sickle cell anemia, obesity, or some other underlying digestive health issue, he or she is at higher risk. A prompt, accurate diagnosis is essential for all of you. Our pediatric gastroenterologists are some of the best in Michigan. We'll confirm the cause, relieve your child's pain and ease your concerns. 

Gallstones in children are often a type called "black pigment stones," which are made when bile becomes saturated with calcium bilirubinate. These are often associated with blood disorders. Another type that can occur in children is made of calcium carbonate. 

When gallstones move and block bile ducts, they are painful. The most common symptom is intense, sudden pain in the upper right part of the belly. Treatment is usually at the hospital, and may include IV antibiotics and pain medicines, while keeping the stomach empty.