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[A case - control study of gallstone disease in female population in Taicang].

[Article in Chinese]

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  • 1Department of Epidemiology, Beijing Medical University, Beijing 100083, China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the risk factors of gallstone disease in female population in Taicang.

METHODS:

A case - control study conducted on 144 cases and 371 controls aged 35 - 79 years in five villages. Diagnosis of gallstone disease was assessed by real - time ultrasonography. The case was considered as presence of gallstones at echograph and previous cholecytectomy. The controls were selected from a random sample of female participates.

RESULTS:

Through univariate and multivariate analysis, gallstone disease was significantly associated with age (OR = 1.80), family history of gallstone disease (OR = 3.66), hypertension (OR = 1.93), fat intake (OR = 1.77), number of pregnancies (OR = 1.44) and menopause (OR = 1.67). Drinking water from deep well (OR = 0.54) was inversely associated with gallstone disease.

CONCLUSION:

The main risk factors of female gallstone disease were age, family history of gallstone disease, fat intake, number of pregnancy and menopause. Drinking water from deep well was a protective factor of gallstone disease.

PMID:
11860758
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