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About 80% of people who have gallstones have no symptoms. These cases are called silent gallstones, which cause no problems and usually do not require treatment.
For those people who do have symptoms, gallstones often cause pain in the upper abdomen. The attack begins suddenly, often after a fatty meal and often during the night.
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if you have the above symptoms and any of the following:
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Last reviewed September 2014 by Michael Woods, MD
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