Can gallbladder cancer be caused by infection?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Chronic infection of the gallbladder with Salmonella species, S. paratyphi or S. typhican increase your risk of gallbladder cancer. Chronic infection with Helicobacter species may also increase your risk. This does not mean that if you get Salmonella food poisoning, you will develop gallbladder cancer. Rather, cancer likely results from the effects of chronic irritation of the cells that compose the gallbladder epithelium as opposed to an acute illness.

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