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Gallbladder Disease

Hormone Replacement Linked to Gallstone Risk

Thu May 23, 2002

By Melissa Schorr

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters Health) - Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may raise a woman's likelihood of developing gallstones, British researchers reported Wednesday at Digestive Disease Week, an annual conference of gastroenterologists being held here.

"Women who took HRT were at three times greater risk to develop gallstones," study author Dr. Andrew R. Hart, a senior lecturer in gastroenterology at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK, told Reuters Health.