The natural history of diagnosed gallstone disease in symptomatic and asymptomatic patients.

@article{Mcsherry1985TheNH,
  title={The natural history of diagnosed gallstone disease in symptomatic and asymptomatic patients.},
  author={Charles K. Mcsherry and Henry Ferstenberg and William Ford Calhoun and E A Lahman and Matilda Virshup},
  journal={Annals of surgery},
  year={1985},
  volume={202 1},
  pages={
          59-63
        }
}
The natural history of gallstone disease in 691 patients, followed for a mean +/- SD duration of 78 +/- 61.6 months (median 62.9 months), is presented. These patients are all subscribers of a large health maintenance organization and are believed to represent a cross-section of middle income Americans. Symptoms attributed to biliary tract disease were present in 556 (80.5%), and the other 135 (19.5%) patients were asymptomatic. In the symptomatic group, the mean +/- SD duration of observation… CONTINUE READING

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