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Gallstones may cause complications, including:
Overall, about 15% of people with gallstones have them in the common
bile duct. But if you are a young person with gallstones, your chances of
having them in your common bile duct are lower. Your chances of getting
gallstones in your common bile duct increase as you get older. As many as 50%
of elderly people with gallstones have them in the common bile duct.1
Less common complications can include:
Doctors seldom recommend surgery to remove gallstones that are not
causing symptoms if the only purpose is to prevent gallbladder cancer.
Friedman LS (2010). Diseases of the biliary tract section of Liver, biliary tract, and pancreas. In SJ McPhee, MA Papadakis, eds., 2010 Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment, 49th ed., pp. 634–641. New York: McGraw-Hill.
July 15, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
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