World Journal of Surgery

, Volume 33, Issue 8, pp 1786–1787 | Cite as


  • Marcelo A. Beltran

We acknowledge the interest that Dr. Solis-Cajax [1] has shown in our study [2]. Mirizzi syndrome is a rare condition presenting in patients suffering from chronic gallstone disease. Surgeons in remote and developing areas of the world have to deal with this complication of long-standing gallstones with more frequency than surgeons practicing in large cities or developed countries where diagnostic imaging technology is widely available. The purpose of classifying an entity is to facilitate not only the diagnosis but also to try to standardize the treatment and establish the prognosis. These objectives have been fulfilled for 20 years by Csendes’ classification [2, 3]. In their original article, Csendes et al. [3] described more than 200 patients with Mirizzi syndrome and suggested that simple cholecystectomy could be performed in Mirizzi type I cases and in some cases of Mirizzi type II; partial cholecystectomy with closure of the gallbladder stump could be performed in cases of...


Bile Duct Compartment Syndrome Obstructive Jaundice Abdominal Compartment Syndrome Mirizzi Syndrome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryHospital De La SerenaLa Serena – IV RegionChile

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