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Because of the health risks that bile duct stones in and around the liver represent, taking medications and undergoing lithotripsy are the least invasive methods to help patients cope with this disorder. Bile duct stones... More »

Most gallstones do not cause symptoms unless they get caught in the ducts that connect the liver and small intestine, according to WebMD. When this occurs, patients may experience symptoms like abdominal pain, fever, nau... More »

Vomiting or diarrhea, lack of appetite or decreased activity, changes in urination, and coughing are all warning signs of illness in dogs, according to WebMD. Stiffness, lameness and difficulty rising are other warning s... More »

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The Mayo Clinic explains the ways to get rid of kidney stones include drinking large quantities of water, use of medication to relax the ureter muscles to facilitate passage of the stone, undergoing a procedure called ex... More »

During a lithotripsy procedure, a machine sends high energy shockwaves through the body to break kidney stones into small pieces, according to MedlinePlus. The tiny stones then exit the body through the urine. A lithotri... More »

Kidney stones can be dissolved through a procedure known as lithotripsy, which uses sound or shock waves to break up the stones into pieces small enough to pass through the urinary system, states WebMD. The procedure is ... More »