Gallstones: Watch and wait, or intervene?

Mounir Ibrahim, Shashank Sarvepalli, Gareth Morris-Stiff, Maged Rizk, Amit Bhatt, R. Matthew Walsh, Umar Hayat, Ari Garber, John Vargo, Carol A. Burke

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Gallstones are common in the United States, affecting an estimated 1 in 7 adults. Fortunately, they are asymptomatic in up to 80% of cases, and current guidelines do not recommend cholecystectomy unless they cause symptoms. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the standard treatment for symptomatic gallstones, acute cholecystitis, and gallstone pancreatitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-331
Number of pages9
JournalCleveland Clinic journal of medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

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