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Aims. The introduction of laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) has modified the treatment of gallstones and common bile duct (CBD) stones. Aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the results of single stage laparoscopic management of gallstones and CBD stones. Patient and methods. From January 1991 to October 1999, CBD stones were present at intraoperative cholangiography in 268 patients (pts) (169 females, 99 males, mean age 55.6 years, range12-94 years) out of 2693 undergoing LC (10%) for gallstones. CBD stones were unsuspected in 123 (45.9%) and suspected in 145 (54.1%).