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Gallstones may cause complications, including:
Overall, about 10 to 15 out of 100 people with gallstones have them in the common bile duct. Your chances of getting gallstones in your common bile duct increase as you get older. As many as 25 out of 100 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.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology|
|Last Revised||July 10, 2013|
Last Revised: July 10, 2013
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