Gallstone treatment depends on severity of symptoms

03/17/2010 | CNN

Asymptomatic gallstones are very common, rarely cause problems and generally are not treated, according to Dr. Otis Brawley of the American Cancer Society. He says patients with symptoms should be seen by a doctor. Mild symptoms may be treated with ursodeoxycholic acid or having lithotripsy to dissolve the stones, while more severe cases can require a cholecystectomy to remove the gallbladder.

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