What are the stages of gallstone disease (cholelithiasis)?

Updated: Apr 01, 2019
  • Author: Douglas M Heuman, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Answer

Gallstone disease may be thought of as having the following four stages:

  1. Lithogenic state, in which conditions favor gallstone formation

  2. Asymptomatic gallstones

  3. Symptomatic gallstones, characterized by episodes of biliary colic

  4. Complicated cholelithiasis


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