Early versus delayed cholecystectomy for acute cholecystitis, are the 72 hours still the rule?: a randomized trial. Ann Surg 2016; 264: 717-722.

Published: 30th November 2016

Authors: Roulin D, Saadi A, Di Mare L, Demartines N, Halkic N

Conclusion

Some 86 patients with symptoms for over 72 h were included. Compared with delayed operation, early laparoscopic cholecystectomy was associated with reduced morbidity (14 versus 39 per cent, P=0.015) and shorter total hospital stay (4 versus 9 days, P<0.001).

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