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Current management of symptomatic gallstones.

Authors
  • Shaw, M J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Postgraduate medicine
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1993
Volume
93
Issue
1
Pages
183–187
Identifiers
PMID: 8418456
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Present medical alternatives for the treatment of symptomatic cholelithiasis have been shown to be safe but of limited efficacy. The only medical option approved by the Food and Drug Administration is dissolution with an oral agent. This therapy is appropriate for patients with mild or infrequent symptoms who are poor operative risks or have a low risk of recurrence (ie, long-term users of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents or those who have single stones). Now and for the foreseeable future, laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the procedure of choice for treatment of symptomatic cholelithiasis.

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