Percutaneous cholecystostomy: An alternative to surgical cholecystostomy for acute cholecystitis

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Emergency percutaneous cholecystostomy was successfully performed in 39 of 40 attempted procedures in 37 hospitalized patients with possible acute cholecystitis. All cholecystostomies were performed with ultrasound guidance and preferentially with the transhepatic route, and all but four were performed at the patient's bedside. The patients had been hospitalized an average of 27 days before the procedure. Twenty-two of the 37 patients (59%) eventually died during hospitalization because of other medical or surgical problems. Only minor complications related to percutaneous cholecystostomy placement occurred in this series: catheter dislodgment without sequelae (n=2) and significant abdominal pain (n=2). Technical problems included guide-wire buckling during catheter insertion (n=1) and failed attempted cholecystostomy (n=1). Percutaneous cholecystostomy is a safe alternative to surgical cholecystostomy in the treatment of patients suspected of having acute cholecystitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-485
Number of pages5
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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