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J Gastrointest Surg. 2011 Jun;15(6):1005-6. doi: 10.1007/s11605-011-1512-z. Epub 2011 Apr 12.

Prevention of biliary leaks.

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  • Department of Surgery, Northwestern University, 251 E Huron St, Galter 3-150, Chicago, IL 60611, USA. nsoper@nmh.org

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Since the introduction of laparoscopic cholecystectomy more than two decades ago, the incidence of bile duct injury has remained greater than that established during the era of open cholecystectomy.

DISCUSSION:

This article reviews the common causes of bile duct injury during laparoscopic cholecystectomy and makes recommendations that should help prevent these serious injuries from occurring.

CONCLUSIONS:

The incidence of bile duct injury during laparoscopic cholecystectomy, although greater than during open cholecystectomy, can be minimized using specific operative strategies and dissection principles.

PMID:
21484487
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