Experimental Israeli drug available for dissolving gall stones after stomach-shortening

Four medical centers are seeking patients who have undergone bariatric (stomach shortening or stomach bypass) surgery and have developed gallstones during the past year to determine whether an Israeli-developed drug can dissolve the stones instead of removing them surgically.

The clinical trials will be held at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center, the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva, Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer and the private Assuta Medical Center in Herzliya.

After major weight loss — which occurs often after bariatric surgery but can also result from a strict diet — gallstones often form within months. Many people have to undergo another operation to remove the gallbladder, as stones that are not removed or dissolved can cause serious complications and can even be life threatening.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Health/Experimental-Israeli-drug-available-for-dissolving-gall-stones-after-stomach-shortening-388360

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