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Ital J Gastroenterol. 1992 Jul-Aug;24(6):342-6.

The prevalence of gallstones in patients suffering from liver cirrhosis: a clinico-statistical study of 350 patients.

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  • 1Istituto di Idrologia Medica, Universit√† La Sapienza, Roma, Italy.


The overall prevalence according to sex and to age group of biliary calculosis was assessed in 350 patients with liver cirrhosis: data were compared with homogeneous findings in the general population of the GREPCO study. Cholelithiasis was found to be significantly more frequent in cirrhotics, and the pattern was confirmed when data were analyzed according to sex; a significantly higher percentage was found in cirrhotics of the 40-49 and 60-69 age groups. Among cirrhotics with gallstones, alcoholics represented a smaller percentage compared to non-lithiasic cirrhotics. The incidence of complications such as digestive hemorrhage, coma, and hepato-renal syndrome, was equal in cirrhotics with and without biliary calculosis, or, as far as coma was concerned, even lower among the former. A fatal outcome was less frequent in cirrhotic patients with than in those without cholelithiasis. Our results go to show that biliary calculosis does not aggravate the course of liver cirrhosis.

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