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Points to Remember About Gallstones

Gallstone Facts and Statistics


Updated June 19, 2014

  • Gallstones affect approximately one in ten Americans, and are associated with approximately 3,000 deaths annually.
  • More than 800,000 hospitalizations each year are caused by gallstones that are large enough to cause significant pain.
  • Over 500,000 people undergo surgery for gallstones annually.
  • Obesity is one of the strongest risk factors for gallstones.
  • Rapid weight loss diets significantly increase the risk for gallstones.


Gallbladder Disease. MedlinePlus. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001138.htm. Accessed 08/26/09.

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