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Vascular emergencies in cholelithiasis and cholecystectomy: our experience with two cases and literature review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18397862     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Complications from gallstones and laparoscopic cholecystectomy can be serious and fatal if there is a delay in recognition and treatment. We aim to present two unusual, life threatening vascular complications as a result of gallstones and laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Their management is highlighted with a brief review of literature. METHODS: Data for the article were gathered from clinical case note review. Radiology database was used for images. A brief literature review was undertaken using Pubmed search. The keywords used included hemobilia, pseudoaneurysm, arterio-biliary fistula and laparoscopic cholecystectomy. RESULTS: The article highlights two individual case reports. The first case constitutes an 81-year woman who had cystic arterial erosion causing hematemesis, while the second patient was a 57-year man who presented with hemobilia from a pseudoaneurysm of right hepatic artery (RHA) following laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Cystic arterial erosion was treated with subtotal cholecystectomy with duodenal defect closure while the pseudoaneurysm underwent radiological intervention. CONCLUSIONS: Cystic artery erosion and pseudoaneurysm causing arteriobiliary fistula are rare vascular complications related to the biliary tree. A high index of suspicion and timely intervention is important. Trauma to arteries should be avoided during laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
Narasimhaiah Srinivasaiah; Maneesh Bhojak; Ralph Jackson; Sean Woodcock
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Hepatobiliary & pancreatic diseases international : HBPD INT     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1499-3872     ISO Abbreviation:  HBPD INT     Publication Date:  2008 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-09     Completed Date:  2008-08-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101151457     Medline TA:  Hepatobiliary Pancreat Dis Int     Country:  China    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  217-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, North Tyneside General Hospital, Tyne and Wear, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Aneurysm, False / diagnosis,  etiology*,  surgery
Cholecystectomy, Laparoscopic / adverse effects*
Gallbladder / blood supply*
Gallstones / surgery*
Hepatic Artery / injuries*,  surgery
Intraoperative Complications
Middle Aged
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Vascular Surgical Procedures / methods

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