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Praxis (Bern 1994). 2012 Apr 25;101(9):581-4. doi: 10.1024/1661-8157/a000919.

[Polyps of the gallbladder].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Universitätsklinik für Allgemeine Innere Medizin, Inselspital, Universitätsspital Bern, Bern.


Gallbladder polyps are a common incidental finding in ultrasound. They may be clinically significant, because adenomas have a malignant potential, in contrast to the benign cholesterol polyps occuring more frequently. As non-neoplastic polyps and neoplastic polyps cannot be morphologically discriminated in ultrasound, maximal diameter of a polyp has proven to be the best predictor for malignancy. Cholecystectomy is widely accepted as the treatment of choice for patients with polyps >1 cm. Patients with polyps <1 cm should have a follow-up check for a longer period of time (with the exception of very small polyps).

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