Cholecystectomy linked to lower stroke risk

Cerebrovascular risk factors need to be evaluated in patients with gallstones, researchers say

Cholecystectomy is associated with a reduced risk of stroke in patients with gallstones, a Taiwanese study shows.

Liver with gallbladder

Researchers compared 155,356 patients with gallstones who underwent cholecystectomy and 155,356 patients with gallstones who did not have their gallbladder removed using data from Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database between 2000 and 2012.

The risk of stroke was significantly decreased with cholecystectomy for all stroke types, with hemorrhagic stroke reduced by 45% and ischaemic