Are treatment options for gallstones (cholelithiasis) based on disease stage?

Updated: Apr 01, 2019
  • Author: Douglas M Heuman, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The treatment of gallstones depends upon the stage of the disease, as follows:

  • Lithogenic state – Interventions are currently limited to a few special circumstances

  • Asymptomatic gallstones – Expectant management

  • Symptomatic gallstones – Usually, definitive surgical intervention (eg, cholecystectomy), although medical dissolution may be considered in some cases

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