Evaluation of early versus delayed laparoscopic cholecystectomy in the treatment of acute cholecystitis

Tung Cheng Chang, Ming Tsan Lin, Ming Hsun Wu, Min Yang Wang, Po Hung Lee

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Background/Aims: The optimal timing of laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) in the treatment of acute cholecystitis remains controversial. This retrospective study was undertaken to assess the clinical outcomes, possible advantages and disadvantages of early versus delayed LC for acute cholecystitis. Materials and methods: Records of all patients admitted for acute cholecystitis in whom laparoscopic cholecystectomy was attempted between January 2004 and January 2006, at National Taiwan University Hospital were reviewed. Results: A total of 89 patients were recruited to the study. Of these, 56 patients received early laparoscopic cholecystectomy (ELC), and 33 patients received delayed laparoscopic cholecystectomy (DLC) following conservative therapy. There were no intergroup differences in age, gender, or days of symptoms prior to presentation. Patients undergoing ELC experienced a significantly longer operation time (109±37.59 minutes versus 77±25.65 minutes, p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-28
Number of pages3
Issue number89
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes



  • Cholecystectomy
  • Cholecystitis
  • Laparoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology

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