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Cholecystosonographic evaluation of the prevalence of gallbladder diseases a university hospital experience

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      Abstract

      Ninety-five healthy volunteers and 515 patients with problems other than those of the biliary tract were examined using real-time, gray-scale, B-mode ultrasonography. Eighty-two patients (13.44%) were found to have asymptomatic gallbladder disease: 68 (11.14%) had cholelithiasis, 5 (0.81%) had acalculus cholecystitis, and 2 (0.32%) had polyps. Three cases of carcinoma of the gallbladder were also detected, suggesting that ultrasound examination of the highrisk population in an endemic area should not be confined to the disease concerned but that the gallbladder of such patients should also be screened to pick up asymptomatic gallbladder disease. Hence ultrasound can be used as a screening modality for the early detection of carcinoma of the gallbladder.

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