Common bile duct stones are estimated to be present in 10–20% of individuals with symptomatic gallstones.
They can result in a number of health problems, including pain, jaundice, infection and acute pancreatitis.
Dr Earl Williams and colleagues provide the latest guidelines on the management of common bile duct stones.
The team report that a variety of imaging modalities can be employed to identify the condition, while management of confirmed cases of common bile duct stones may involve endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, surgery and radiological methods of stone extraction.
|The British Society of Gastroenterology first published a guideline in 2008|
Clinicians are therefore confronted with a number of potentially valid options to diagnose and treat individuals with suspected common bile duct stones.
The team reported that the British Society of Gastroenterology first published a guideline on the management of common bile duct stones in 2008.
Since then, the researchers note that a number of developments in management have occurred along with further systematic reviews of the available evidence.
Dr Williams and team comment, "Our recommendations reflect these changes and provide updated guidance to healthcare professionals who are involved in the care of adult patients with suspected or proven common bile duct stones."
"It is not a protocol and the recommendations contained within should not replace individual clinical judgement."