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Surg Endosc. 1999 Jan;13(1):68-70.

The fate of the dropped gallstones during laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

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Department of Surgery, Mount Sinai Medical Center, One Gustav Levy Place, New York, NY 10029, USA.


Stones can be spilled from the gallbladder during laparoscopic cholecystectomy. These stones can be left in the peritoneal cavity or trapped at the trocar site. The potential late sequel and associated morbidity are not well documented. We reviewed the records of four patients who underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City who suffered from late complications attributed to gallstones left in the peritoneal cavity or abdominal wall. Four patients presented 1-14 months after laparoscopic cholecystectomy with intraabdominal and abdominal wall abscesses. The spillage of gallstones was noticed during the initial operation only in one of the patients. Three patients required laparotomy and open drainage of intraabdominal abscesses with drainage of pus and gallstones after failed attempts at percutaneous drainage. Two patients underwent local exploration of an abdominal wall abscess containing stones. Stones left in the abdominal cavity or trapped in trocar sites after laparoscopic cholecystectomy can cause serious late complications requiring repeated surgical interventions. Every effort should be made in order to avoid spillage of stones during dissection of the gallbladder and cystic duct and during retrieval of the gallbladder through the abdominal wall.

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