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Cause of Gallstones

Gallstones form when substances in bile harden due to cholesterol and other fluids making their way into the bile. Most gallstones are harmless, however, those that are large enough to block the duct require treatment. Problematic gallstones are more prevalent in people who are either overweight or trying to lose weight quickly. Pregnancy can increase the risk for gallstones and gallbladder problems are known to be more common in women. Gallbladder problems may also be hereditary.