Mary is a 45 year old female who is referred to surgical outpatients with a 9 month history of bilary colic. Her GP arranged for her to have a bilary ultrasound which confirmed gallstones. She is anxious for surgical intervention.
In her past medical history she is asthmatic requiring regular inhalers but has never required hospital admission for management of her asthma. She is also a smoker. She has no previous surgical history.
She is scheduled for elective admission for laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
What is the prevalence of gallstones?
What are the potential complications of gallstones?
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