Nonprocedural Management of Common Bile Duct Stones
The standard of care for the management of biliary stones is via endoscopy. Alternatives exist to endoscopic or surgical intervention, especially in patients who have a high risk of procedural complications. While the non-procedural management of biliary stones is feasible with medications such as ursodeoxycholic acid and statins, these therapies are not the standards of care with many factors influencing the effectiveness of complete bile stone dissolution.
KeywordsCommon bile duct stones Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) Bile salts Chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA) Ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) Statins Ezetimibe
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