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What is the connection between sickle cell disease and gallbladder disease?

Sickle cell disease is one of several genetic disorders that can increase your risk for gallbladder disease. People who have sickle cell disease are prone to developing gallstones, which may lead to blockages and other problems in the gallbladder. Many people who have sickle cell disease end up needing to have surgery to have their gallbladders removed.

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