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The single gallbladder stone - is it innocent?

Authors
  • Mofti, A B
  • Al-Momen, A
  • Suleiman, S I
  • Ismail, S A
  • Jain, G C
  • Hussein, N M
  • Fayed, H M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annals of Saudi medicine
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1994
Volume
14
Issue
6
Pages
471–473
Identifiers
PMID: 17587951
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

At Security Forces Hospital, 692 consecutive patients underwent surgery for gallstone disease over a period of two years. Eighty of these patients had a solitary gallbladder stone. They are compared, by their presentation, operative findings, mortality and morbidity rates, with the remaining patients harboring multiple gallstones. The demographic data were similar in both groups; however, the frequency of developing mucocele, empyema, gallbladder perforation and postoperative complications were significantly higher in the group with solitary stones than those with multiple gallstones. Furthermore, the need for emergency surgical intervention and technically difficult surgeries were also more frequent in the single stone group. It appears that a solitary gallbladder stone is associated with increased risks more than multiple stones; hence, it may be justified to offer the patient with a solitary stone more attention and surgical priority.

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