Thirty-seven patients with acute cholecystitis and jaundice were studied intraoperatively with cholangiomanometry, and a mechanical lesion explaining the jaundice was found in 23. Six others had probably passed a stone, and one had hepatitis. Several inflammatory factors in this group, when compared with a group of 36 nonjaundiced patients with acute cholecystitis, showed no difference. Several causes for jaundice exist, but nonmechanical inflammatory theories are doubted.
Corlette MB, Bismuth H. Acute Cholecystitis and Jaundice. Arch Surg. 1973;106(6):829-832. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350180063019