Cholecystomy for acute choelcystitis

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During the decade 1957 through 1966, sixty-three cholecystostomies in sixty-two patients were performed in the Surgical Department, University of Lund. Fifty-five of these sixty-two patients were followed up. The mean age was seventy-one years for both sexes. The primary mortality was 20 per cent: a third died of circulatory and respiratory insufficiency; three quarters died of peritonitis, abscess, and renal failure; half of the surviving patients had delayed wound healing. The mean hospital stay for the survivors was nineteen days. During the follow-up period, sixteen later required cholecystectomy, nine electively and seven for a recurrence of acute cholecystitis. Nine had another attack of cholecystitis after cholecystostomy. Another four had continuous symptoms; five more died of the gallbladder disease.
It is concluded that cholecystostomy should be restricted to very ill patients and should be planned and carried out with the patient under local anesthesia. In all other patients, early primary cholecystectomy should be performed with cholangiography performed during the operation.


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  • Surgery
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-402
JournalThe American Journal of Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1973
Publication categoryResearch