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Digestive Disorders

Gall Bladder Problems

01/28/2009

Question:

My dad was 73 and had a gall bladder attack and when they did surgery to remove it they told him that it was rotting away. Now my older brother 39 years old also has gall bladder attacks. Can gallbladder problems run in families and if they do is there any way that I can prevent them from happening to me?

Answer:

Gallbladder problems do run in families, usually in the women, however. Unfortunately, there is no preventive care or medicine to take.

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Response by:

Annette  Kyprianou, MD Annette Kyprianou, MD
Senior Clinical Instructor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University