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September 1990

Percutaneous Cholecystolithotomy: A Minimally Invasive Alternative to Cholecystectomy and to Shock Wave Lithotripsy

Author Affiliations

From The Litho Center, Baylor College of Medicine, St Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Tex.

Arch Surg. 1990;125(9):1114-1118. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1990.01410210040005

• Recently introduced treatment alternatives for gallstones include peroral pharmacological chemolysis plus shock wave lithotripsy and percutaneous cholecystolithotomy. Herein we report on the treatment preferences of 23 patients with symptomatic gallstones and our initial experience with percutaneous cholecystolithotomy in 6 of these patients. All patients were rendered stone free after one procedure. Percutaneous cholecystolithotomy, which is applicable to all types of gallstones, is a safe, practical, low-morbidity alternative to cholecystectomy in selected patients.

(ArchSurg. 1990;125:1114-1118)