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El Menabawey T, Martin H, Johnson GJ. Tailor treatment to the patient with gallstone disease. Practitioner July/August 2020;264(1839):15-19

Tailor treatment to the patient with gallstone disease

24 Jul 2020Pais-up subscribers

Gallstones affect around 15% of adults in the UK. Between 50 and 70% of patients with gallstones are asymptomatic at diagnosis and only 10-25% of these individuals will go on to develop symptomatic gallstone disease. The vast majority (90-95%) of gallstones are cholesterol stones. Obesity is associated with an increased risk of symptomatic gallstones. Patients with symptoms suggestive of gallstones should be offered liver function tests and an abdominal ultrasound.

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