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Cholecystostomy: Indications and Subsequent Management

  • Christopher B. Nahm
  • Sandra Nozawa
  • Thomas J. Hugh
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Abstract

Cholecystostomy is a safe, simple and effective tool as an alternative to laparoscopic cholecystectomy in the treatment of acute cholecystitis in high-risk patients. Although cholecystectomy is considered the definitive treatment, it is associated with a risk of mortality and peri-operative complications in patients with significant comorbidity. As an alternative, cholecystostomy is a relatively rapid, minimally invasive procedure which can often be performed under local anaesthesia.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher B. Nahm
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sandra Nozawa
    • 1
  • Thomas J. Hugh
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Upper Gastrointestinal Surgical Unit, Royal North Shore Hospital and North Shore Private HospitalUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Discipline of SurgeryUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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