Before moving to metabolism, in this chapter you will learn about some common digestive problems.
- 5.2: Gallstones
- It is estimated that up to 1 million Americans are hospitalized annually as a result of gallstones, making it the most common of all digestive diseases. Gallstones are formed when bile hardens in the gallbladder. 80% of gallstones are a result of cholesterol precipitation, while 20% are a result of bile pigment precipitation. The cause of gallstones is unknown.