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.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology|
|Last Revised||July 15, 2011|
Last Revised: July 15, 2011
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