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Wien Klin Wochenschr. 1989 Jan 20;101(2):78-84.

[Acute cholecystitis in cholelithiasis: importance of early surgery (a comparative study)].

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  • 1Chirurgische Abteilung, allgemeinen √∂ffentlichen Krankenhauses, Tamsweg.


The results of early surgery (ES) for acute calculous cholecystitis obtained in 74 patients operated on between 3/78 and 12/87 were compared with relevant data obtained in 74 sex- and age-matched patients with a history of acute cholecystitis operated on for biliary colic or jaundice during the same period. Operative procedures, incidence of jaundice and common bile duct calculi, duration of operation, number of patients requiring blood transfusions, surgical and general complications and mortality showed no significant difference. Only operative blood loss was significantly higher in the ES group, but this was of no practical relevance. ES precludes the sequelae of emergency surgery in the delayed surgery group not infrequently necessary for failure of conservative treatment of acute cholecystitis, which necessarily precedes planned delayed surgery, and thus renders a significant reduction of over-all risk. This forms the rationale for ES as treatment concept.

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