For the study of the origin of cholecystitis a method was devised which allowed introduction of material into the gallbladders of experimental animals (dogs) without causing appreciable damage to the wall of the gallbladder.1 This method consisted of leading a fine rubber catheter through an incision in the common duct into the cystic duct and into the gallbladder and, after withdrawal of the catheter, restoring a fairly normal flow of bile by inserting a glass cannula into the common duct. The animals were killed after two to five days. Absence of infection and dilatation of the biliary system was noted in a large number of control animals.
In order to study the effect which long-standing cannulation might have on the biliary system, 3 of these dogs, together with 2 others, in which cholecystectomy was performed in addition to insertion of the cannula, were kept alive for a period ranging
ARONSON HG. FACTOR OF BILE STASIS IN EXPERIMENTAL PRODUCTION OF GALLSTONES IN DOGS. Arch Surg. 1940;41(4):960–969. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1940.01210040149008
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