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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 157-161

Is cholecystostomy tube insertion a real bridge for cholecystectomy in acute cholecystitis? A retrospective cohort study


1 Department of Medicine, Ministry of the National Guard – Health Affairs; King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences; King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences; King Abdullah International Medical Research Center; Department of Surgery, Ministry of the National Guard – Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences; Research Office, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center; Department of Surgery, Ministry of the National Guard – Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4 King Abdullah International Medical Research Center; College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences; Department of Surgery, Ministry of the National Guard – Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Zeyad Yousef
College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh; Department of Surgery, Ministry of the National Guard – Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/sjhs.sjhs_74_19

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Background: Percutaneous cholecystostomy (PC) is an alternative treatment in high-risk acute cholecystitis (AC) patients. However, it is debatable whether PC should be considered as a definitive procedure or to be used as a temporizing measure before the definitive cholecystectomy. The aim of this study is to determine if PC is always a bridge for interval cholecystectomy in patients treated at tertiary care center in Saudi Arabia.Materials and Methods: This retrospective cohort study was conducted at a tertiary care center in Saudi Arabia for patients who underwent PC for AC during the period from January 2010 to January 2015. We evaluated the PC tube indications, complications, and outcomes (successful response).Results: A total of 63 patients were included in this study. Around half of the patients were male (54%) with a median age of 69 years. The median hospital length of stay was 17 days, in which 30% of the patients were admitted to the intensive care unit, with a hospital mortality of 25%. The successful response to PC was 79%, with 21% of patients undergoing cholecystectomy.Conclusion: PC is not always a bridge for interval cholecystectomy. However, more studies for patients in whom PC is selected as definite treatment are required.


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