Physiology and pathophysiology of gallbladder motility

S. Tierney, H. A. Pitt, K. D. Lillemoe

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Most significant gallbladder disease is associated with gallbladder stasis. Gallbladder motility is controlled by a complex interplay of hormonal and neural factors. Experimental and clinical studies have demonstrated impaired motility in gallstone disease, and experimental evidence indicates that motility disturbances precede gallstone formation. The ability to measure gallbladder motility clinically has also resulted in better diagnosis and treatment for patients with chronic acalculous cholecystitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1267-1290
Number of pages24
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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