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Removal of the gallbladder without endoscopy

Every year, 500 patients are admitted to HUG A&E with a gallbladder problem. They mostly come with acute abdominal pain and stones in the gallbladder, visible on ultrasound. Usually, these patients are first offered an endoscopy to view any stones stuck in the bile duct, then the gallbladder is removed as a second stage. 

Pediatric Specialties


Mission of the Pediatric Specialties Division

Ensure the care of patients for the following specialties:

  • Pediatric Allergology
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatric Nephrology and Metabolism
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Exercise and Obesity Medicine

Patients can be admitted or treated as outpatients. In the latter case, patients may contact Consultations directly or can be referred by their attending physician.

Gastroenterology and Hepatology


Mission of the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Division

  • The care and treatment of patients suffering from diseases of the digestive tract, liver, biliary tract and pancreas in terms of diagnostics and non-surgical therapeutics, taking into account services provided by the other divisions of HUG
  • Carry out interventional endoscopy, percutaneous and transhepatic procedures of the above organs
  • Patients can be inpatients or outpatients. In the latter case, they are dealt with at a standard consultation by their attending physician

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Prof Claude Pichard

Prof Claude Pichard

Head, Nutrition unit


Professor of Nutrition at the Geneva University Hospital, Switzerland. Specialist in Internal medicine and Gastroenterology. Consultations of nutrition for hospitalized and out-patients.