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    Gallstones - What Increases Your Risk

    Your chances of forming gallstones that can cause symptoms are higher if you:

    • Are female. Females are twice as likely as males to have gallstones.
    • Are older than 55.
    • Are Native American or Mexican-American.
    • Have a family history of gallstones.

    You may also be increasing your risk for gallstones if you:

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    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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