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HPB Surgery
Volume 3 (1990), Issue 1, Pages 5-10
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/1990/37926

The Need of Drainage After Cholecystectomy

1Gastroenterology section, Department of Surgery, Hospital de Clinicas “José de San Martín”, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2Gastroenterology section, Department of Surgery, Hospital de Clinicas “José de San Martín”, University of Buenos Aires, Av. Córdoba 2351, Buenos Aires 1120, Argentina

Received 9 October 1989; Accepted 10 October 1989

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Abstract

In an attempt to rationalize the use of intraperitoneal drainage of the subhepatic space after simple, elective cholecystectomy, a prospective study was designed to compare the post-operative course with and without drainage. There was a higher incidence of postoperative fever of unknown origin and wound infection in the drained group. In the group without drainage the hospital postoperative stay was shorter and there were no complications. The results suggest that routine surgical drainage after uncomplicated cholecystectomy is unnecessary and could be a source of postoperative fever and a higher incidence of wound infection.