Percutaneous cholecystolithotomy: risks, benefits, and long-term outcome.

  title={Percutaneous cholecystolithotomy: risks, benefits, and long-term outcome.},
  author={Susana Pereira and Joseph P M Ellul and Allison Keightley and Colette Kennedy and Jonathan Dick and R. Hermon Dowling},
  journal={Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology},
  volume={30 5},
BACKGROUND For symptomatic patients with gallbladder stones and a patent cystic duct who wish to retain their 'functioning' gallbladders, percutaneous cholecystolithotomy (PCCL) offers an alternative to open or laparoscopic cholecystectomy. However, there are few data on the risks and benefits of this approach or on the long-term outcome. METHODS AND RESULTS In 21 patients with symptomatic calcified gallstones, PCCL was successful (gallstone clearance) in 17 (81%). Four to 62 (median, 35… CONTINUE READING