Published in Gastroenterology Week, June 14th, 2010
Gallstone disease is the most costly digestive disease in the United States, with approximately 20 million people having the disorder. Annually, gallstone disease leads to more than one million hospitalizations, 700,000 operative procedures, and a cost of $5 billion. Furthermore, the prevalence of gallstones increases with age: 15 percent of men and 24 percent of women will...
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