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Frequency of symptoms associated with gallstone disease: a hospital-based cross sectional study

Leila Kanafi Vahed, Leila Khedmat
  • Leila Kanafi Vahed
    Department of Community Medicine, Gilan University of Medical Sciences, Gilan, Iran, Islamic Republic of |
  • Leila Khedmat
    Department of Community Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, Islamic Republic of


This study investigated the likely outcomes of gallstone disease and frequency of symptoms associated with this. This cross sectional study was performed at the Aliebn Abitaleb hospital in Rafsanjan over a period of twelve months from 2000 to 2001. A total sample of 70 individuals were included in the study, interviewing them using of a questionnaire covering data in terms of demographic features and medical history.The majority of patients belonged to the age group of 41 to 60 years (44.3% of all patients), while the lowest frequency was in the age group of 20 years or less. Frequency of females was higher than males. The frequency of female patients increased with the number of child birth, the highest being in women who had more than 5 child births. The most common complaint of pain was revealed as upper right abdominal quadrant (RUQ), which accounted for 95.7% of cases. Vomiting was observed in 52.9% of patients. In addition, the frequency of patients with chronic pain initiation was more than those with acute pain initiation. Among women, 17.5% had oral contraceptive pill constipation. It is worth noting that ultrasonography was the best diagnostic tool for evaluating patients. It is noteworthy that the most common symptom was right upper quadrant tenderness. Our data indicate that diabetes was the most common illness associated with gallstone disease and that 8.6% of patients had a family history of gallstone disease.


gallstone disease, child birth, ultrasonography, frequency

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Submitted: 2018-03-11 09:32:06
Published: 2018-04-24 12:26:52
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