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Frequency of symptoms associated with gallstone disease.

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eMediNexus    17 July 2018

A recent study published in the European Journal of Transplantation Myology investigated the probable outcomes of gallstone disease and frequency of symptoms associated with the disease. This was a cross sectional study which was conducted over a period of twelve months. The study included samples of 70 individuals, 44.3% of whom belonged to the age-group of 41 to 60 years. The lowest frequency of gallstones was detected in patients 20 years of age or below, while the frequency was higher in females than in males. The frequency of gallstones in female patients increased with the number of child birth, the highest being in women who gave birth to more than five children. The most common reported complaint of pain was at the upper right abdominal quadrant, which accounted for 95.7% of the cases. Vomiting was observed in 52.9% of patients. In addition, the proportion of patients having chronic pain was higher than those with acute pain initiation. On the other hand, 17.5% women had oral contraceptive pill-related constipation. Ultrasonography was the best diagnostic tool for evaluating patients; the most common symptom was right upper quadrant tenderness. The findings suggested that diabetes was the most common illness associated with gallstone disease and that overall, 8.6% of patients with detected with gallstones had a positive family history.

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