Gallstones: Watch and wait, or intervene?

Cleve Clin J Med. 2018 Apr;85(4):323-331. doi: 10.3949/ccjm.85a.17035.


Gallstones are common in the United States, affecting an estimated 1 in 7 adults. Fortunately, they are asymptomatic in up to 80% of cases, and current guidelines do not recommend cholecystectomy unless they cause symptoms. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the standard treatment for symptomatic gallstones, acute cholecystitis, and gallstone pancreatitis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cholecystectomy / methods*
  • Cholecystitis, Acute / therapy
  • Female
  • Gallstones / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pancreatitis / therapy
  • Watchful Waiting*