The book provides an overview on biliary lithiasis, twenty years after the first laparoscopic cholecystectomy, including all its clinical pictures. Gallbladder, main bile duct and intra-hepatic stones, in their uncomplicated and complicated forms will be illustrated. Chapters are focused on basic science, epidemiology, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches of biliary lithiasis. The different diagnostic procedures described include invasive and non invasive imaging, and treatment options take into consideration medical treatment, open and minimally invasive surgery, endoscopic and percutaneous approaches, individually or as combined procedures. The book contents are not limited to the most used therapeutic approaches reported in the literature, but they also address new and innovative therapeutic strategies for biliary lithiasis. Thanks to its comprehensive approach, the volume will therefore be of interest not only for GPs amd specialists in this field, but also for family doctors and residents of different disciplines.
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