cholelithiasis | Vetlexicon

A recent study by Audrey Brunet and colleagues ( Prevalence and clinical relevance of cholelithiasis in cats: A multicenter retrospective study of 98 cases – PMC ( ) confirmed that cholelithiasis (gall stone disease) is an uncommon occurrence in cats. The research team have provided some useful data regarding this uncommon condition.

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Cholelithiasis may be an incidental finding when performing abdominal ultrasonography and no treatment may be necessary. However, in symptomatic cats, cholelithiasis may be associated with other hepatobiliary disease or biliary tract obstruction and prognosis may be poorer.  Medical management may be all that is required for some cases and surgical options carry significant risk factors. 

For further information on cholelithiasis, bile duct disease, associated diseases and surgical procedures, check out the following articles in Vetlexicon Felis:

Bile Duct Disease :

Gallbladder Disease Overview :

Liver Cholangitis Cholangiohepatitis :

Cholecystectomy :

Cholecystotomy in Cats :

Cholecystoenterostomy :