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February 1956

Mortality Rate of Cholecystectomy with a Curarizing AgentStudy in a Series of Cases

Author Affiliations

Kansas City, Kan.
From the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kansas Medical Center (Dr. Lorhan).

AMA Arch Surg. 1956;72(2):269-272. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1956.01270200085015

In a [ill] report Beecher and Todd1 stressed the fact that the mortality rate was higher in patients who receive curare than in those who did not receive curare. They further stated that "the best answers to certain kinds of questions can be obtained by limiting the inquiry in future studies to certain kinds of severe test situations as anesthesia for common bile duct surgery." Orr2 in a study of the mortality rate in a series of 558 cholecystectomies reported a mortality rate of 2.8%. He further stated that "skilled anesthetists have contributed their part in reducing the death rate."

This review of 563 cholecystectomies is a continuation of Orr's original report and covers a period from Jan. 1, 1946, to Dec. 31, 1954. In this series of cases a curarizing agent was used in 440 cases.

The diagnosis of gall-bladder disease is usually not difficult; but failure

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