The presentation of gallstones and results of biliary surgery in a spinal cord injured population.

@article{Moonka1999ThePO,
  title={The presentation of gallstones and results of biliary surgery in a spinal cord injured population.},
  author={R. A. Moonka and Steven A. Stiens and William Eubank and Matthias G. Stelzner},
  journal={American journal of surgery},
  year={1999},
  volume={178 3},
  pages={
          246-50
        }
}
BACKGROUND Since spinal cord injured patients lack visceral sensation, their clinical manifestations of gallstones could be relatively occult. A higher proportion of these individuals may present with advanced biliary disease compared with the general population. Prophylactic cholecystectomy for asymptomatic stones may therefore be justified. METHODS All spinal cord injured patients seen at the Seattle Veterans Hospital over a 5-year period were retrospectively surveyed to define a set of… CONTINUE READING
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