Prevalence of gallstones and biliary sludge formation during pregnancy detected by ultrasonography

Authors

  • E Saha Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Khulna Medical College, Khulna
  • M Saha Professor of Gastroenterology, North East Medical College, Sylhet
  • AL Kumar Consultant, Radiology, City Imaging Centre, Khulna
  • BK Bain Senior Consultant, Radiology, Shaheed Shaikh Abu-Naser Specialized Hospital, Khulna
  • J Das Assistant Professor, Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences, Khulna Medical College, Khulna
  • AJ Peea Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Gazi Medical College Hospital, Khulna
  • D Saha Junior Consultant, Paedriatics, Khulna Medical College, Khulna

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/mediscope.v4i2.34998

Keywords:

Prevalence, gallstones, biliary sludge formation, pregnancy, ultrasonography

Abstract

The risk of gallstones is thought to increase with number of pregnancies. Cholesterol gallstones are more prevalent in women than men and primarily related to sex steroids, particularly progesterone. During pregnancy there are changes in bile composition and gallbladder motility that promote gallstone formation. This study was conducted to determine incidence and outcome of pregnancy related biliary sludge and gallstone formation. Two hundred and nine consecutive expectant women were evaluated by ultrasonography at 1st trimester, 3rd trimester and at 4-6 weeks after delivery. Socio-demographic, medical and obstetrical history were taken and recorded. Incidence of gallstone and sludge formation were found 5.7% and 2.9%, respectively. The results suggest that pregnancy may be a risk factor for gallstone and biliary sludge formation.

Mediscope Vol. 4, No. 2: Jul 2017, Page 21-24

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2017-12-27

How to Cite

Saha, E., Saha, M., Kumar, A., Bain, B., Das, J., Peea, A., & Saha, D. (2017). Prevalence of gallstones and biliary sludge formation during pregnancy detected by ultrasonography. Mediscope, 4(2), 21–24. https://doi.org/10.3329/mediscope.v4i2.34998

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