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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2018, Article ID 1609601, 6 pages
Case Report

Cholecystoduodenal Stenting: An Option in Complicated Acute Calculous Cholecystitis in the Elderly Comorbid Patient

1Department of General Surgery, The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
2School of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
3Department of Radiology, The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
4Wesley Medical Imaging, Auchenflower, QLD 4006, Australia

Correspondence should be addressed to Manju Dashini Chandrasegaram; moc.oohay@inihsadujnam

Received 24 August 2017; Revised 5 November 2017; Accepted 16 November 2017; Published 21 January 2018

Academic Editor: Michael Gorlitzer

Copyright © 2018 Brady Chapman Bonner et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We describe the course of an 84-year-old lady with acute calculous cholecystitis. She was unable to have a cholecystectomy due to multiple comorbidities including morbid obesity, type 2 diabetes, Guillain–Barrè syndrome, chronic sacral pressure ulcer, and severe cardiac disease. Conservative treatment with intravenous antibiotics was initially successful; however, she subsequently re-presented with an empyema of the gallbladder. She was readmitted for further intravenous antibiotics and underwent percutaneous gallbladder drainage. The patient did not want a permanent catheter for drainage, nor the prospect of repeat drainage procedures in the future for recurrent cholecystitis. Following a discussion of the rationale and risks involved with other minimally invasive techniques, she underwent cholecystoduodenal stent placement following disimpaction and removal of cystic duct stones. The procedure restored antegrade gallbladder drainage, and at 18 months she remains symptom-free from her gallbladder. Long-term management of recurrent cholecystitis in elderly comorbid patients commonly includes permanent cholecystostomy or repeated percutaneous gallbladder drainage, both of which can be poorly tolerated. Permanent cholecystoduodenal stenting is a reasonable alternative in carefully considered patients in whom the benefits outweigh the risks. We describe our experience with cholecystoduodenal stenting and discuss some of the concerns and considerations with this technique.