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What Is The Outlook For Gallbladder Disease?

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22/03/2012 - 15:58

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Scientists are looking for more effective non-surgical treatments for gallbladder disease.

Drugs that dissolve gallstones quickly could reduce the need for surgery. Other research is under way on the prevention of gallstones.

Genes that children inherit from their parents may be a factor in many gallstone cases. If scientists can identify these abnormal genes, it would pave the way for gene therapy to replace the defective gene with a normal copy.

Meanwhile, research is under way on new surgical methods that are even less invasive than laparoscopic operations. These methods would involve use of mini-surgical instruments that further reduce the discomfort and recovery time for patients.

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From Andrew Maynard - Chair of the University of Michigan Department of Environmental Health Sciences, with help from David Faulkner - 2013 Master of Public Health graduate.