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Cholelithiasis is a disease in which gallstones form in the gallbladder. The gallbladder is an organ that stores bile. Bile is a fluid that helps to digest fats. Gallstones begin as small crystals and can slowly grow into stones. They may cause no symptoms until they block the gallbladder duct, or cystic duct, when the gallbladder tightens (contracts) after food is eaten. This can cause pain and is known as a gallbladder attack, or biliary colic.
In some cases, this condition can also be caused by the gallbladder not emptying completely or often enough. This is common during pregnancy.
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