Cholelithiasis, cholecystolithiasis, and choledocholithiasis – what are the meanings?

Today, January 3, 2017, I saw an ultrasound report with an impression of “cholelithiasis” based on the finding of a possible stone in the gallbladder.  The common bile duct was clear of any abnormality.

For me, the word to use is cholecystolithiasis rather than cholelithiasis.

Medical Dictionary gives the following definition for cholelithiasis: the presence or formation of gallstones; they may be either in the gallbladder (cholecystolithiasis) or in the commonbile duct (choledocholithiasis).

Thus, cholelithiasis is more nonspecific.  If the finding shows stones in the gallbladder, the term to use is cholecystolithiasis.  If the finding shows stones in the common bile duct, the term to use is choledocholithiasis.
ROJ@17jan3
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