Gallstones: Watch and wait, or intervene?
Cleve Clin J Med. 2018 Apr;85(4):323-331
Authors: Ibrahim M, Sarvepalli S, Morris-Stiff G, Rizk M, Bhatt A, Walsh RM, Hayat U, Garber A, Vargo J, Burke CA
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.
PMID: 29634468 [PubMed - in process]