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August 2010

ERCP vs Laparoscopic Common Bile Duct Exploration for Common Bile Duct Stones: Are the 2 Techniques Truly Equivalent?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology [[amp]] Nutrition, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Dr Yachimski), and Division of General Surgery, Vanderbilt University (Dr Poulose), Nashville, Tennessee.

Arch Surg. 2010;145(8):795. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2010.126

We read with interest the article by Rogers and colleagues titled “Prospective Randomized Trial of LC + LCBDE vs ERCP/S + LC for Common Bile Duct Stone Disease.”1 The authors are to be commended for undertaking and reporting on a randomized study in an area in which clinical practice in selecting between these 2 therapeutic options is currently largely dictated by institutional expertise and individual physician preference, as opposed to outcome data from controlled studies.

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