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J R Soc Med. 1985 April; 78(4): 305–307.
PMCID: PMC1289680

Large gallstones may pass spontaneously.


We report two cases in which gallstones greater than 1 cm in diameter passed spontaneously from the common bile duct into the duodenum. The possibility of spontaneous passage should be borne in mind in the management of patients with common duct stones.

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