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Gallstones are commonly found but are often asymptomatic. In general, the risk of developing biliary colic in asymptomatic patients is low, but once a person develops symptoms, the risk of ongoing biliary colic or more serious complications of cholelithiasis is substantial (Gracie and Ransohoff, 1982). However, serious complications of cholelithiasis, such as cholecystitis, cholangitis, or acute pancreatitis, are frequently preceded by attacks of biliary colic. Therefore, in patients with gallstones who are otherwise asymptomatic, treatment is not recommended. However, once symptoms or complications develop, treatment of cholelithiasis, either surgical or medical, should be strongly considered (Table 132-1). In general, chole-cystectomy is the treatment of choice for symptomatic or complicated gallstones. However, in selected patients, dissolution with ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) or fragmentation of stones with extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy can be useful.

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