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March 24 2010

Use of Statins and Gallstone Risk

JAMA. 2010;303(12):1146-1147. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.321

To the Editor: In the study by Dr Bodmer and colleagues,1 current statin use was associated with a 22% lower odds of cholecystectomy, but the odds for past statin users was increased by 19%. Although the analysis was adjusted for many potential confounders affecting the risk of gallstone development, the time from stone formation to surgery was unknown and dietary information was unavailable.

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