Some patients with no risk factors or history of gallbladder problems find themselves seeing a doctor after just one large meal.

Most everyone looks forward to a bit of indulgence when holiday meals roll around. Yet for a percentage of the population, discomfort hits about 20 minutes into dinner, and they end up seeing a gastroenterologist within days.

It’s a trend Dr. Daniel Davila, gastrointestinal surgeon at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, sees every year starting after Thanksgiving.

“Usually this is related to gallstone disease which is not uncommon, particularly in the American population. Gallstone disease is often precipitated by fatty meal exposure,” he told The Epoch Times. “Especially after Thanksgiving, it’s not uncommon for us to see patients coming in to see us because the Thanksgiving meal, which often is fatty, has precipitated either new or worsening symptoms related to gallstones.”

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