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DABUS, Guilherme de Castro; DERTKIGIL, Sérgio San Juan  and  BARACAT, Jamal. Percutaneous cholecystostomy: a nonsurgical therapeutic option for acute cholecystitis in high-risk and critically ill patients. Sao Paulo Med. J. [online]. 2003, vol.121, n.6, pp.260-262. ISSN 1806-9460.

Percutaneous cholecystostomy offers a potentially important type of therapy for critically ill patients with acute cholecystitis who present high risk when undergoing laparotomy or laparoscopy under general anesthesia. It offers a distinct advantage for these kinds of patients by avoiding the risks of the surgical intervention. Percutaneous cholecystostomy is a safe and effective minimally invasive procedure with a high success rate and low procedure-related complications. It should be considered not only in temporary management of calculous cholecystitis, but also in definitive treatment in cases of acalculous cholecystitis.

Keywords : Percutaneous cholecystostomy; Critically ill patients; Acute cholecystitis.

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