What’s the Difference Between Gallbladder and Kidney Stones?

Here's how and where they form, and why they can cause pain

They’re usually just a few millimeters in size, but they can be oh-so-painful.

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We’re talking about stones — gallbladder stones (or gallstones) and kidney stones, that is. They form in different systems of the body, but they’re similar in many ways.

For example, both gallstones and kidney stones are common and can exist inside your body without causing any problems. They won’t cause pain or require treatment unless they get big enough to block the regular flow of fluids in their respective bodily systems.

Get to know the difference between gallbladder and kidney stones, with help from gastroenterologist Michael Kirsch, MD, and urologist Sri Sivalingam, MD.

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