Clinical symptoms and gallstone disease: lessons from a population study
From a clinical point of view gallstone disease is one of the best-known diseases. Most treatises deal with the clinical aspects of biliary stones in a rather uniform way: i.e., biliary colics and related ‘dyspeptic’ symptoms are commonly associated with stones. Nonetheless, few clinical data1 derived from epidemiological surveys are available. A particular aspect, which may be the most important for a clinician, is represented by asymptomatic gallstones. It is a problem which has drawn the attention of many authors from the very beginning of the study of gallstone disease. It is evident that only an epidemiological study can provide an answer to the problem, though recent papers have largely contributed to improving our knowledge2,3.
KeywordsGallstone Disease Gallbladder Disease Dyspeptic Symptom Biliary Colic Biliary Stone
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