Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 328–333 | Cite as

Management of Acute Cholecystitis: Prevalence of Percutaneous Cholecystostomy and Delayed Cholecystectomy in the Elderly

  • John D. Cull
  • Jose M. Velasco
  • Alexander Czubak
  • Dahlia Rice
  • Eric C. Brown
2013 SSAT Poster Presentation



Published guidelines recommend early cholecystectomy for acute cholecystitis in the elderly. Alternatively, percutaneous cholecystostomy can be used in compromised patients.


We reviewed 806 elderly patients diagnosed with biliary disease retrospectively identified through billing and diagnosis codes. Two hundred sixty-five patients with histologically documented acute cholecystitis were selected.


Initially, 75 patients had percutaneous cholecystostomy (Group 1), 64 (24 % underwent interval cholecystectomy, 74 (28 %) early (Group 2), and 127 (48 %) delayed cholecystectomy (Group 3). Group 1 was more likely to have American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) scores of 4 when compared to those in Groups 2 and 3 (p = 0.04). No difference existed among the groups when patients with an ASA of 4 were excluded: conversion rates (11 %), biliary leak, bowel injury, need for reoperation, or 30 days mortality. Patients in Group 1 and in Group 3 were five times (p = 0.04) and four times (p = 0.06) more likely, respectively, than those in Group 2 to have recurrent episodes of pancreatitis, cholecystitis, and cholangitis.


Patients were more likely to have delayed cholecystectomy after initial antibiotic therapy or cholecystostomy without the benefit of a lower conversion rate when compared to the early group, but they had higher recurrent episodes of cholecystitis/pancreatitis or cholangitis.


Acute cholecystitis in elderly Percutaneous cholecystostomy Delayed cholecystectomy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John D. Cull
    • 1
  • Jose M. Velasco
    • 2
  • Alexander Czubak
    • 3
  • Dahlia Rice
    • 4
  • Eric C. Brown
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of General SurgeryRush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Surgery, NorthShore University HealthSystem and Professor of SurgeryRush UniversitySkokieUSA
  3. 3.NorthShore University HealthSystemSkokieUSA
  4. 4.Rush Medical CollegeChicagoUSA
  5. 5.Research Informatic AdministrationNorthShore University HealthSystemEvanstonUSA

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