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How common are gallstones?

Many people have gallstones. About 30 to 45 million adults in the United States have them. (That's about 10% to 15% of the adult population.) Your doctor may refer to gallstones as "cholelithiasis." About 1 in 10 adults will develop gallstones at some time in their life. Sometimes, they are diagnosed by accident, when you don't have symptoms. Your doctor may spot them when you have an imaging test (such as an MRI or CT scan) for another health problem or a routine screening. 

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