What is the incidence of gallstones (cholelithiasis) in the US?

Updated: Apr 01, 2019
  • Author: Douglas M Heuman, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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In the United States, about 20 million people (10%-20% of adults) have gallstones. Every year 1%-3% of people develop gallstones and about 1%-3% of people become symptomatic. Each year, in the United States, approximately 500,000 people develop symptoms or complications of gallstones requiring cholecystectomy.


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