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Injury to bile duct during cholecystectomy nearly triples risk of death

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7421.946-b (Published 23 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:946
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Patients who have their common bile duct injured during removal of their gall bladder have nearly three times the risk of death in the next few years as patients who do not incur the injury (JAMA 2003;290: 2168-73).

    Cholecystectomy is the most common elective abdominal surgical procedure in the United States, with 750 000 procedures performed each year. Injury to the common bile duct occurs in 1 in 200 of these operations. Repair of the duct is considered a technically challenging procedure and sometimes …

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