Placement of intra-aortic balloon pump allows definitive biliary surgery in patients with severe cardiac disease.


This study reviews the cases of 15 patients with severe cardiac disease treated with the intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) to improve cardiac status so that they could undergo definitive cholecystectomy. The 14 men and one woman ranged in age from 49 to 74 years. Indications for cholecystectomy included acute cholecystitis in nine patients and chronic… (More)


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