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Title: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy versus open cholecystectomy in children
Authors: Ravit Ruangtrakool
Akkrapol Mungnirandr
Mongkol Laohapensang
Chana Sathornkich
Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Feb-2002
Citation: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand. Vol.85, No.2 (2002), 172-178
Abstract: Introduction: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) is well accepted as the standard cholecystectomy only in adult patients. However, the advantages of LC over open cholecystectomy have never been proved in pediatric patients because the number of pediatric cholecystectomies is limited as well as the faster ability of pediatric patients to resume their normal activity. Material and Method: Retrospective study of 42 pediatric cholecystectomies (laparoscopic cholecystectomy (n = 8) (LCs), open cholecystectomy alone (n = 8) (OCs) and open cholecystectomy concomitant with splenectomy (n = 26)(OCs + S)) done in Siriraj University Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand between 1992 and 2000 was conducted. Results: Statistical comparison revealed that LC was superior to OC in regard to diet resumption. LCs resumed soft diet on 1.38 days, whereas OCs and OCs + S could resume soft diet on 3.38 and 3.35 days respectively. The average length of hospitalization following LCs was significantly shorter than OCs' and OCs + S' ones (3.00 vs 8.38 and 4.85 days respectively). There was no morbidity and mortality in LCs, whereas two OCs and three OCs + S had complications. Conclusion: In this preliminary study, laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a preferred method of cholecystectomy in children because it has a shorter post-operative interval of diet resumption and shortens hospitalization with minimal morbidity. However, this study has a limited number of patients and further study is still required to conclude the benefits of LC.
ISSN: 01252208
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2001-2005

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