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June 1973

Acute Cholecystitis and Jaundice

Author Affiliations

Cambridge, Mass; Paris
From the Harvard Surgical Service, Cambridge (Mass) Hospital (Dr. Corlette), and the Université de Paris-Sud, Service de Gastroenterologie, Hôpital Paul Brousse (Dr. Bismuth).

Arch Surg. 1973;106(6):829-832. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350180063019

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.

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