Walker, Tom M.; Serjeant, Graham R.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Medical Research Council Laboratories
Biliary sludge in sickle cell disease.
Journal of Pediatrics
Date of Publication
Biliary sludge was observed in the gallbladder in 17 of 429 patients in a cohort study of sickle cell disease. Discrete gallstones later developed in 12 patients, but no stones developed in five patients; one patient with biliary sludge had no change in his condition for 5 years. None of the patients with biliary sludge had any symptoms referable to the biliary tract, and cholecystectomy has not been performed. The Jamaican experience suggests that biliary sludge may be treated conservatively, similar to the approach to asymptomatic gallstone.....