Gallbladder polyps usually do not cause symptoms, but in some cases the possibility of malignant change will be of concern. In this article, Dr Hugh describes his approach to helping patients with gallbladder polyps.
- Improvements in ultrasound technology have resulted in gallbladder polyps being detected more frequently than in the past, with the majority found coincidentally while looking for other pathology.
- Gallbladder polyps affect both sexes equally. They are more frequent after the third decade of life.
- Risk factors for polypoid lesions of the gallbladder include chronic cholecystitis, a high cholesterol diet and the presence of gallstones.