90% of people with gallbladder carcinoma have gallstones and chronic cholecystitis.
No laboratory study is specific for cholelithiasis.Initial Tests (lab, imaging)
Gallstones are more common in the elderly. Age alone should not alter the therapeutic plan.
Patients with retained or recurrent bile duct stones following cholecystectomy should be referred for ERCP.
For patients with symptomatic cholelithiasis, LC is typically an outpatient procedure. For patients with complications (i.e., cholecystitis, cholangitis, pancreatitis), inpatient care is necessary.
A low-fat diet may help.
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