Gallbladder Pathway - Asymptomatic Gallstones
- Smaller stones more likely to be symptomatic than large stones.
- Indigestion, belching, bloating and fatty food intolerance may occur but are often not cured by cholecystectomy.
- Only 2-3% of patients with asymptomatic gallstones will develop symptoms each year.
- Refer asymptomatic gallstones to the General Surgical Outpatient clinic when:
- Patient is immunocompromised, is waiting for organ transplantation or has Sickle Cell Disease.
- Calcified (porcelain) gallbladder.
- Gallbladder polyp > 10mm in size or showing rapid growth in size.
- Gallbladder trauma.
- Patients develop symptoms.
Last updated : Friday, August 21, 2015
Next review date : Saturday, August 20,2016
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