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Can viral infection cause gallbladder disease?

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Dr. Rodney Biggs
General Surgery 22 years experience
Not likely: Typical gb disease is caused from precipitation of chemicals into stones. It is unlikely that a viral infection could change this chemical imbalance to make the precipitation more likely. In addition, there has never been any evidence to show that a viral infection could induce the gallbladder to stop working appropriately as in a dysfunctional gallbladder.
Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 36 years experience
Sometimes : Or it may manifest after a viral illness. Takes gallstones about a year to develop.
Last updated Sep 7, 2016

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