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What causes gallstones?

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There may be several reasons, including:

  • Your genes
  • Your weight
  • Problems with your gallbladder
  • Diet

Bile can be part of the problem. Your body needs bile, but if it has too much cholesterol in it, that makes gallstones more likely. It can also happen if your gallbladder can’t empty properly. Pigment stones are more common in people with certain medical conditions, such as cirrhosis (a liver disease) or blood diseases such as sickle cell anemia.

From: Gallstones: What You Should Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 28, 2018

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SOURCE: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 28, 2018

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