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What causes gallbladder disease?

Gallbladder disease is caused by inflamation of the gallbladder. This typically happens when the gallbladder cannot excrete bile due to gallstones.

The gallbladder forms bile to dissolve cholesterol. If your liver excretes more cholesterol than your bile can dissolve, however, the excess cholesterol may form into crystals and eventually into stones. The gallstones can also be caused by bilirubin, which is a chemical formed by the breaking of red blood cells.

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