Gallstones

Gastroenterology Services

As an experienced paediatric gastroenterologist, Dr Ong’s clinical expertise is in treating children and adolescents with various gastrointestinal, liver and nutrition conditions. At our clinic, we will provide a comprehensive review of your child’s condition and recommend appropriate treatment and investigations.

Gallstones

Gallstones are small, stone-like objects that form when the liquid in the gallbladder hardens. Gallstones are common in adults but much less common in children.

There are many causes for the formation of gallstones in children including various blood disorders, obesity, liver and kidney disease, certain medications etc.

Most children with gallstones do not have any symptoms. However, there may be complications from the gallstones including infection of the gallbladder, obstruction of the bile-ducts caused by the stones or intermittent abdominal pain. Patient may have the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Jaundice (skin turning yellow)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chills

Children with gallstones should have a formal assessment by a paediatric gastroenterologist to establish the cause and/or start appropriate treatment. If you suspect your child may have complications from the gallstones, it is advisable to seek urgent medical attention.

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About Dr. Christina Ong

Senior Consultant
Paediatrician & Paediatric Gastroenterologist

“Dr Christina Ong is a senior consultant paediatrician and paediatric gastroenterologist. Her clinical expertise includes management of children with gastrointestinal conditions as well as performing endoscopic procedures. As an experienced paediatrician with more than 20 years clinical experience, she also specialises in treating children with general medical conditions”

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