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Most gallstones are soft, flesh colored, and consist of a high percentage of cholesterol. Formation of gallstones is the result of the gallbladder breaking down the molecular complex between bile salts and cholesterol. At this point, the cholesterol deposits about some microscopic nidus to form gallstones.
This assay provides information on the cholesterol content of the gall stones.
This test can aid the physician in designing a strategy for management of the patient's problem when cholecystectomy would be problematic.
The presence of a high percentage of cholesterol in the gallstone suggests the process by which the gallstone is formed.
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