Table of Contents
HPB Surgery
Volume 7, Issue 1, Pages 61-65
Case Report

Partial Cholecystectomy Safe and Effective

1Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, India
2Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, Sanjay Gandhi PostGraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Post Box # 375, Lucknow 226001, India

Accepted 24 November 1992

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Patients undergoing surgical treatment for calculous disease were considered to have had a partial cholecystectomy performed when a part of the gall bladder wall was retained for technical reasons. Forty patients underwent partial cholecystectomy: for chronic cholecystitis (20), acute cholecystitis (4), Mirizzi's syndrome (14), portal hypertension or partially accesible gall bladder (one patient each). Four patients (10%) developed infective complications and two patients had retained common bile duct stones. In a mean follow up period of 13 months (range 1–36 mths), only 3 patients have ongoing mild dyspeptic symptoms while the rest have remained asymptomatic. Partial cholecystectomy has been found to be a safe and effective procedure in difficult cholecystectomy situations, since it combines the merits of cholecystectomy and cholecystostomy.