Endoscopic papillotomy while the gallbladder is in situ

B. G. Surick, A. Ghazi

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The authors report on their experience with 25 patients who underwent an endoscopic papillotomy with gallbladder in situ and review the current literature on this topic. Twenty-four out of 25 patients in this study had their common bile duct cleared of stones. Five patients (24%) required cholecystectomy on follow-up at an average of 14.4 months. There was no mortality associated with the procedure. The authors' experience and review of the literature suggest that endoscopic papillotomy plays an important role in the removal of common bile duct stones in persons who have their gallbladder in situ, especially in those patients who are at high risk for surgery, either because of advanced age or other medical problems. However, the use of endoscopic papillotomy alone in young, healthy persons is more problematic because of the relatively high rate of cholecystitis or recurrent biliary colic necessitating a cholecystectomy at a later date. The authors suggest that, in the future, the ideal treatment regimen for common bile duct stones in patients with their gallbladder in situ may be urgent endoscopic papillotomy with a scheduled elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-660
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1992


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