Comparison of serum C-reactive protein concentrations for laparoscopic versus open cholecystectomy

A. Halevy*, G. Lin, R. Gold-Deutsch, R. Lavi, M. Negri, S. Evans, D. Cotariu, J. M. Sackier

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In an attempt to quantify the difference in tissue damage between open cholecystectomy (OC) and laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC), we have compared in a prospective manner the pre- and postoperative concentrations of serum C-reactive protein (CRP) in 17 patients undergoing LC and 13 patients undergoing OC. In addition, we measured the pre- and postoperative white blood cell counts (WBC), the postoperative body temperature, and the postoperative duration of hospitalization. There were no differences in the preoperative serum CRP concentrations-5.9±2.62 mg/l (mean±SD) for the LC group and 6.12±2.38 mg/l for the OC group. Serum CRP rose markedly following OC compared to that of patients who underwent LC (128.6±45.1 mg/l vs 26.8±10.5 mg/l) (P<0.001). There were also significant differences in the postoperative WBC count (14,000±2,900 cells for the OC group vs 10,600±3,000 cells for the LC group), the postoperative body temperature (37.5±0.3°C vs 37.0±0.3°C), and the postoperative hospital stay (5.5±1.5 days vs 1.9±0.9 days). There was no correlation between serum CRP concentrations and the other postoperative parameters. These results provide us with biochemical evidence supporting the clinical observation that LC is far less traumatic to the patient than OC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-282
Number of pages3
JournalSurgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1995


  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Open cholecystectomy
  • Serum C-reactive protein


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