Urgent laparoscopic cholecystectomy in the management of acute cholecystitis: Timing does not influence conversion rate

Y. C. Wang, H. R. Yang, P. K. Chung, L. B. Jeng, R. J. Chen

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Background: The optimal treatment of acute cholecystitis is urgent laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Most reports suggest that a delay of 72 or 96 h from onset of symptoms leads to a higher conversion rate. This study assessed the conversion rate in relation to the timing of urgent laparoscopic cholecystectomy for acute cholecystitis. Methods: During a 12 month period, 112 patients received laparoscopic cholecystectomy for acute cholecystitis at a tertiary care university hospital in central Taiwan. Data were collected prospectively. Results: The overall conversion rate was 3.6% (4/112). Of 62 procedures performed within 72 h from onset of symptoms, 2 were converted, as compared with 2 of 50 procedures after 72 h. Of 76 procedures performed within 96 h from onset of symptoms, 3 were converted, as compared with 1 of 36 procedures after 96 h. There were no mortalities or common bile duct injuries. Conclusions: The conversion rate for urgent laparoscopic cholecystectomy among patients with acute cholecystitis can be as low as 3.6%. The timing of urgent laparoscopic cholecystectomy has no impact on the conversion rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)806-808
Number of pages3
JournalSurgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2006
Externally publishedYes



  • Acute cholecystitis
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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