Prevalence of gallstone disease in Mexico. A necropsy study

Dig Dis Sci. 1993 Apr;38(4):680-3. doi: 10.1007/BF01316800.


The prevalence of gallstone disease in Mexico was investigated by studying a sample of 21,446 necropsies performed at the Department of Pathology of the General Hospital of Mexico City during a 35-year period (1953-1988). For each decade, 1000 necropsy cases were randomly selected. The crude prevalence of gallstone disease was 14.3%, 8.5% for males and 20.4% for females. The age groups ranged from 20 to more than 80 years old; the age-standardized prevalence for males was 5.6% and for females 16.2%. These rates are intermediate between those found in Chile and some African countries, comparable to some European studies, and less than those found in Mexican-Americans. No significant trend in the prevalence of gallstone disease was found when the different decades were compared.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Autopsy / statistics & numerical data
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Cholelithiasis / epidemiology*
  • Cholelithiasis / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mexico / epidemiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Poverty / statistics & numerical data
  • Prevalence
  • Sex Factors