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Gallstones often mean gallbladder removal
Americans' bad diets are leading many people to have their gallbladders removed because of gallstones. The stones, which can vary in size, are not usually problematic if they are asymptomatic. People with symptoms such as extreme abdominal pain may be at risk for gallbladder gangrene and other complications, said Dr. Andrew Rosenstein, chief of gastroenterology at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. Removing the gallbladder is often a remedy for these patients, Rosenstein said.
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun
August 21, 2013