silent gallstones

si·lent gall·stones

gallstones that cause no symptoms and are discovered by radiographic or ultrasound examination at the time of operation or autopsy.
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Dr Raghunath Prabhu, specialist in general surgery, Universal Hospital, said many patients with silent gallstones have been wrongly advised to have surgeries.
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So-called "silent gallstones" are likely to remain silent, and no treatment is recommended.
Painless gallstones are called silent gallstones. For an unfortunate minority, however, gallstones can cause painful attacks.
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