Laparoscopic cholecystectomy: Treatment of choice for cholelithiasis in children

Itzhak Vinograd*, Ariel Halevy, Baruch Klin, Michael Negri, Yoram Bujanover

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Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is rapidly replacing traditional cholecystectomy as the standard treatment for cholelithiasis and cholecystitis in adults. Over a period of 16 months, 14 children with a clinical diagnosis of cholelithiasis, ranging in age from 4 to 15 years (mean 12.2), were treated. All had symptoms of abdominal pain or vomiting; one had jaundice and recurrent cholecystitis. Five children (35%) had associated metabolic or hemolytic diseases. The 14 children were operated on using the laparoscopic cholecystectomy technique. No operation was converted to open cholecystectomy, but two patients required laparotomy: one because of suspected injury to the common duct, and the other because of non visualization of the gallbladder during laparoscopy. The mean post-operative hospital stay for the 11 children who underwent only laparoscopic cholecystectomy (one patient also had a simple mastectomy) was 50 hours (range 48-72 hours). All children resumed their normal activities almost immediately after discharge from hospital. No long-term biliary or other complications were seen in any patient throughout an average follow-up period of 6.2 months (range 3-16 months). The benefits of this operation in children are obvious: It is safe, effective, and well tolerated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-266
Number of pages4
JournalWorld Journal of Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1993


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