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Abdom Imaging. 2000 Mar-Apr;25(2):190-3.

Complications of "dropped" gallstones after laparoscopic cholecystectomy: technical considerations and imaging findings.

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  • 1Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA.


New laparoscopic techniques have revolutionized the practice of surgery. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy has become one of the most commonly performed surgeries worldwide. Although shorter hospital stays and patient comfort have offered clear advantages over open cholecystectomy, the technique has resulted in several specific complications, including bile duct injury and gallbladder perforation. Although rarely clinically significant, intraperitoneal gallstone spillage can cause abscess formation and adhesions. Although these patients can present with a confusing clinical picture, their characteristic radiologic features should be recognized. We present two cases of complicated intraperitoneal gallstone spillage radiologically diagnosed and treated with laparoscopic and interventional radiologic techniques.

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