"The destiny of stone"

June 2006
Gut;Jun2006, Vol. 55 Issue 6, p885
Academic Journal
Case Study
The article reports on a case study related to the clearance bile duct stones in old aged patients. The study randomly selected 178 Chinese patients over the age of 60 years to receive early laparoscopic cholecystectomy following endoscopic sphincterotomy. Nine percent of the laparoscopic cholecystectomy patients did not undergo the procedure. Almost 20 percent of surgical patients had to undergo open surgery. It can be concluded that though patients with common bile duct stones are more likely to need open surgery when undergoing cholecystectomy, surgery reduces the risk of recurrent biliary events and is widely recommended in elderly patients.


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