Medical treatment of gallstone disease

Piero Portincasa, Antonio Moschetta, Francesco Puglisi, Luigi Borracino, David Q H Wang

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Gallstones are one of the most prevalent and costly digestive diseases [1]. About 75% of the gallstones in the United States and other westernized countries are cholesterol gallstones, which are subclassified as either pure cholesterol or mixed stones that contain at least half cholesterol by weight. The remaining gallstones are pigment stones that contain mostly calcium bilirubinate and are subclassied into two groups: black pigment stones (20%) and brown pigment stones (5%).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiliary Lithiasis: Basic Science, Current Diagnosis and Management
PublisherSpringer Milan
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9788847007628
Publication statusPublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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