Cholelithiasis and urolithiasis in Crohn's disease

Scand J Gastroenterol. 1987 Mar;22(2):253-6. doi: 10.3109/00365528708991889.


In a consecutive series of 107 patients operated on for Crohn's disease involving the distal ileum, the overall incidence of gallstones was 17% and of renal stones 12%. Whereas the frequency of gallstone disease was 9% in patients with minor resections, patients with more than 100 cm diseased or resected small bowel had a frequency of 35%. The probability of gallstone development in both sexes was calculated to be approximately 50% after 20 years of distal ileopathy. The frequency of renal stone disease in patients with minor resection was comparable to that of a population in Sweden but was significantly commoner in patients with resection of more than 100 cm (28%), provided they were not colectomized. The high frequency of stone disease after resection of distal ileum is attributed to metabolic disturbances due to steatorrhea and bile salt malabsorption.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cholelithiasis / epidemiology
  • Cholelithiasis / etiology*
  • Crohn Disease / complications*
  • Crohn Disease / diagnosis
  • Crohn Disease / surgery
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Ileum / surgery
  • Kidney Calculi / epidemiology
  • Kidney Calculi / etiology*
  • Male
  • Postoperative Complications