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Gallstones - Review and Recent Progress

Qiang Yan

Zhejiang University

Medical doctor, adjunct professor and FACS, Chairman of Department of General Surgery at Zhejiang University Huzhou Hospital and Director of Department of Hepatopancreatic and Biliary Surgery and Department of Surgery Teaching and Research.


Huaping Shen

Zhejiang University

Associate chief of the Department of Hepatopancreatic & Biliary (HPB) Surgery, Zhejiang University Huzhou Hospital who has been engaged in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery for 9 years, and is an expert in diagnosis and treatments of diseases in hepatobiliary and pancreatic fields.


Gallstones Epidemiology Pathophysiology Gallbladder Biliary Obstruction Cholecystitis Hepatolithiasis Choledocholithiasis Gallstones Surgery Laparoscopic Technology Puncture Technology Endoscopic Technology

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Gallstones are one of the most common digestive system diseases in the world. Recently, the incidence of gallstones has increased and the pattern of gallstones has changed. Most gallstones are found in the gallbladder, but they sometimes pass through the cystic duct into extrahepatic and/or intrahepatic bile ducts to become bile-duct stones, causing conditions known as choledocholithiasis and hepatolithiasis. Gallstones may cause a series of clinical symptoms such as biliary obstruction, infection, and even malignant transformation. There are also some gallstones patients without any symptoms for life. At present, there is still a lot of discussion about the causes and prevention methods of gallstones. With the renewal of treatment concepts, treatment strategies such as laparoscopic technology, puncture technology, and endoscopic technology have become the main methods for the treatment of gallstones, and they have also brought a variety of complications.

This book will discuss the epidemiological and pathophysiological characteristics of gallstones, the latest progress in the treatment of different types of gallstones, and the management of complications. We hope that this book will provide clinicians with evidence for clinical decision-making and provide scientists with a comprehensive overview of current developments in this vital area.

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Qiang Yan

Zhejiang University

Qiang Yan is a medical doctor, master supervisor, adjunct professor and FACS. Chairman of Department of General Surgery, Zhejiang University Huzhou Hospital, Director of Department of Hepatopancreatic and Biliary Surgery and Department of Surgery Teaching and Research. He is a Member of Committees of Biliary Surgeons, Department of Surgeons and Hepatobiliary Minimal of Non-invasive Surgery, Chinese Medical Doctor Association and many other academic associations. He is also a Special Reviewer of Journals of Medicine, Oncotarget; Special Member of Editorial Committees of Chinese Journal of General Surgery, Liver Cancer and Chinese Journal of Clinicians. Dr Yan is a Participant of High Level Talents of Zhejiang Medicine and Zhejiang Province 151 Talents. He is finishing advanced studies for hepatobiliary pancreatic surgery in Medical Center, Stanford University and Affiliated Hospital, Regensburg University. He published more than 30 high-quality papers as the first or corresponding author, including 9 SCIs.

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