Dear Doctors: I had stabs of pain in the upper right side of my abdomen one day, so I did a telehealth session. The nurse said it might be gallstones and to see my doctor if it repeats. So far, it hasn't happened again. What are gallstones? How do you get them, and what is the treatment?

Dear Reader: When talking about gallstones, we must also talk about the gallbladder. It's a hollow, flexible organ that sits in the upper right of the abdomen, just below the liver and next to the pancreas.

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Eve Glazier, M.D., MBA, is an internist and associate professor of medicine at UCLA Health.

Elizabeth Ko, M.D., is an internist and assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Health.

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