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August 14, 1991

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago, Ill

American Medical Association Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1991;266(6):798. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470060058024

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In Reply.  —The DATTA report on laparoscopic cholecystectomy emphasized that the patient should be informed that it may be impossible to remove the gallbladder endoscopically and an open cholecystectomy might be necessary. This did not imply that other standard features of an informed consent such as a complete description of the procedure and points 2,4, 5,6, and 8 detailed by Schonberg should not also be included. More than half of the DATTA panelists considered laparoscopic cholecystectomy to be a promising technique. Point 3 of the suggested informed consent statement seems too negative an appraisal of this technique.