Early versus delayed laparoscopic cholecystectomy for people with acute cholecystitis

Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy, Christopher Davidson, Christian Gluud, Brian R Davidson

213 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Gallstones are present in about 10% to 15% of the adult western population. Between 1% and 4% of these adults become symptomatic in a year (the majority due to biliary colic but a significant proportion due to acute cholecystitis). Laparoscopic cholecystectomy for acute cholecystitis is mainly performed after the acute cholecystitis episode settles because of the fear of higher morbidity and of need for conversion from laparoscopic to open cholecystectomy. However, delaying surgery exposes the people to gallstone-related complications.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Volume6
Pages (from-to)CD005440
ISSN1469-493X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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