Monday, June 11, 2012

Your question answered by Dr Phil Lockie Upper GI Surgeon on "What to do with an incidental finding of gallstones in a young healthy person?"

Dr Phil Lockie
"I have got a 40yo male with an incidental finding of asymptomatic gallstones.  Should I refer this patient?"  GP Registrar Qld

"The current guidelines are that asymptomatic gallstones do not require treatment. They do not require referral or treatment. Obviously about 5% or so will become symptomatic each year."

Dr Phil Lockie
MB BCh MPhil FRCSI(Gen) FRACS Upper GI, Bariatric, Laparoscopic Hernia Specialist
Brisbane Private Hospital

1 comment:

  1. I was speaking to a surgeon at one of the conference at the Wesley and they would consider removing the Gallbladder in army personel with gallstones even if it is asymptomatic. It probably makes sense as you do not want a "gallstone attack" in the middle of a war zone.....even if it is only a 5% chance/year......