Dr Volker Kaechele and colleagues investigated the prevalence of gallbladder stone disease in obese children and adolescents.
The research team assessed the role of potential influencing factors such as the degree of obesity, sex, age, and pubertal development.
The team included 493 children aged 8 to 19 years, of which 218 were males, and 275 were females.
|Gallbladder stones were detected in 2% of the patients|
|Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition|
The patients underwent ultrasound for detection of gallbladder stone disease.
The team detected gallbladder stones in 2% of the patients.
None of the 95 prepubertal children examined were found to suffer from gallbladder stone disease.
The researchers noted that patients with gallbladder stone disease were more severely obese than those without.
Patients with gallbladder stones were also older than children and adolescents without gallbladder stone disease.
Dr Volker's team concluded, “Compared with published data for unselected children an adolescents, the prevalence of gallbladder stone disease in obese children and adolescents, previously treated with diet for obesity, is high.”
“Obesity and female sex appear even in children and adolescents to be risk factors for the development of gallbladder stone disease.”
“The occurrence of prepubertal gallbladder stone disease is rare.”