Epidemiology of gallstone disease: The ‘Sirmione Study’
There is convincing evidence in the literature indicating that gallstone disease has become one of the commoner diseases, at least in the Western world. In fact, reports from the USA indicate that about 15 million people have stones in the gallbladder1. Unfortunately there is little statistical evidence to support this impression and none in Italy. This is due to the type of epidemiological studies that have been performed so far. These studies are, in fact, mainly based on autoptic findings or surgical records, and do not give a real definition of the prevalence of the disease.
KeywordsStatistical Evidence Gallstone Disease Gallbladder Disease Ultrasonographic Examination Large Population Sample
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