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Clinical epidemiological study on intrahepatic cholelithiasis: analysis of 8585 cases


   OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical epidemiology of intrahepatic cholelithiasis in Guangxi area,China.METHODS: 8585 cases of cholelithiasis proved by surgery in a period of 19 years were analyzedretrospectively. Data were collected and analyzed by computer software package PEMS.RESULTS: Cases of intrahepatic cholelithiasis accounted for more than one third of cases of cholelithiasistreated in the same period. The prevalence of intrahepatic cholelithiasis in farmers increased from 23.4%out of all cases with gallstone in 1981-1985 to 55.8% in 1991-1999. The constituent ratio of intrahepaticcholelithiasis in males was nearly the same in females. The peak prevalence age of patients withintrahepatic cholelithiasis ranged from 31 to 40 years, and the mortality was the highest among all bilestone cases.CONCLUSION: Intrahepatic cholelithiasis is by no means a vanishing disease, especially in rural area.……