What is the role of medical therapy in the management of gallstones (cholelithiasis)?

Updated: Apr 01, 2019
  • Author: Douglas M Heuman, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The role of medical management of gallstones has declined in recent years. However, medical therapy may be a useful alternative to cholecystectomy in select patients, particularly in those who are not suitable surgical candidates or who are unwilling to undergo surgery. Medical treatment, beyond pain control, is not initiated in the emergency department.


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