Journal article

Outcomes of patients with histologically proven acute acalculous cholecystitis

Mehrdad Nikfarjam, Kiran Manya, Michael A Fink, Andrew K Hadj, Vijayaragavan Muralidharan, Graham Starkey, Robert M Jones, Christopher Christophi

ANZ JOURNAL OF SURGERY | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Acute acalculous cholecystitis (AAC) is traditionally described in the setting of critical illness, where the diagnosis is based on clinical assessment and imaging criteria. Very few studies have assessed the features and outcomes of AAC in patients treated by cholecystectomy. METHODS: Patients with histologically confirmed acute cholecystitis treated in a specialized unit in a tertiary hospital between 2005 and 2011 were identified from prospectively maintained database. Retrospective review of data was undertaken and patients with AAC were compared with those patients with acute cholecystitis and confirmed gallstones. RESULTS: AAC was identified in 35 of 412 (8.5%) patients wit..

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