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  1. Gallstone disease in high-altitude Peruvian rural populations.

    Article - En anglais


    Cholelithiasis is a common problem in hospitals of the Peruvian Andes ; however, its prevalence in Andean communities is unknown.

    To estimate the prevalence of gallstone disease in this locale, we conducted a cross-sectional community study in three high-altitude Peruvian rural villages (i.e.,>3000 m above sea level).


    We examined 911 volunteers>15 yr of age from three villages for gallstone disease by history and ultrasonography.

    Risk factors for gallstone disease were examined in 382 volunteers from one village.


    The age-adjusted prevalence of gallstone disease ranged from 4-10% in men and from 18-20% in women.

    Women had significantly higher age-adjusted prevalence rates than did men.

    The prevalence of gallstone disease increased significantly with age and decreased significantly with alcohol consumption.

    Although not statistically significant, we found a positive association between gallstone disease and body mass index.


    The results of this study indicate that gallstone disease, commonly perceived as a disease of the developed world, is also a common problem in high-altitude Peruvian communities.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Lithiase, Voie biliaire, Prévalence, Zone rurale, Andes, Amérique du Sud, Amérique, Facteur risque, Haute altitude, Etude comparative, Evaluation, Critère âge, Indice masse corporelle, Qualité vie, Homme, Voie biliaire pathologie, Appareil digestif pathologie, Péruvien

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Lithiasis, Biliary tract, Prevalence, Rural area, Andes, South America, America, Risk factor, High altitude, Comparative study, Evaluation, Age criterion, Body mass index, Quality of life, Human, Biliary tract disease, Digestive diseases

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 99-0118628

    Code Inist : 002B13C03. Création : 16/11/1999.