Does anyone know the stages that a gallstone goes through, in the process of becoming a gallstone?
I posted a comment about my own green blobs below, and how they consisted of fat/oil, and a poster responded that, whatever they were, they were not gallstones. That served to remind me that the 'medically orthodox' (so to speak) among the posters here have a very clear idea of what consitutes gallstones: they are hard, calcified stones, typically but not invariably black.
But presumably Gallstones don't spring, fully-formed, full-sized, fully-calcified into the gallbladder - they have an individual evolution, a personal history. Does anyone know what this is?
Is it possible that the green blobs represent an early stage in the development of a gallstone? That, left to itself, a green blob will very gradually harden and darken and begin to calcify, and take its place among officially-recognised gallstones? It's certainly the case that there is great variability among my blobs - some have been quite soft and bright-coloured, others have been much harder and darker, but still fat-containing, and thus, I venture to guess, rather older. If green blobs are not baby gallstones, then can anyone say what a baby gallstone actually Is, what it looks like etc?
If Gallstones are by definition calcified, then it's semantically correct to rule that green blobs are not gallstones; however, such dissmissive certainty is unhelpful if it serves to obscure a possible connection between green blobs and gallstones.