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Regulation of Bile Salt Pool Size in Man

Br Med J 1973; 2 doi: (Published 12 May 1973) Cite this as: Br Med J 1973;2:338
  1. Thomas S. Low-Beer,
  2. Eru W. Pomare


    When the enterohepatic circulation is intact the size of the bile salt pool is largely determined by the frequency of its enterohepatic circulation. This hypothesis, derived from studies of cholate kinetics in coeliac, cholecystectomy, and gall stone patients, represents the simplest interpretation of the data. A corollary is that daily cholate secretion is likely to be normal in these conditions and that therefore the propensity of bile to form cholesterol gall stones is not likely to be directly related to bile salt pool size.