Gallstone Quiz

By Sinovic, Dianna

Take the Gallstone Quiz

Gallstones can be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball (ouch!). How much do you know about gallstones? Find out when you take this quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

1. Gallstones are made of hardened cholesterol.
2. The gallbladder is part of the biliary system.
3. Gallstones become a problem if they block a bile duct.
4. Pancreatitis results when digestive enzymes are blocked in the common bile duct.
5. Although gallstones can be painful, they aren't a life-threatening condition.
6. Obesity is a major risk factor for gallstones, especially in women.
7. Americans of Mediterranean descent are more likely to develop gallstones.
8. If you take medicine to lower your cholesterol, you have also reduced your risk of developing gallstones.
9. Pain in the back between the shoulder blades is a symptom of a gallstone attack.
10. Gallstone attacks are most likely to occur first thing in the morning.
11. Some gallstones never cause problems.
12. Each year, about 100,000 Americans require surgery to remove the gallbladder.
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