• HASSAN MUHSEN HASSAN Lecturer, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq
  • SARDAR HASSAN ARIF Lecturer, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq
  • MOWAFAK M. AL-NAKSHABANDI Assist. Prof., Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq
Keywords: Acute cholecystitis, Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, early cholecytectomy


Background: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy has become the treatment of choice for symptomatic gallstone diseases; many surgeons still prefer interval laparoscopic cholecystectomy over early laparoscopic cholecystectomy in acute cholecystitis. The aim of this study is to evaluate the safety of laparoscopy in acute cholecystitis and to determine the best time for early cholecystectomy in acute cholecystitis.

Subject and Methods: A prospective study done at Azadi teaching hospital –department of surgery from June 2013 to December 2014, include 60 cases of acute cholecystitis which had been diagnosed by clinical, laboratory and imaging examinations and underwent early laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

Results: There were 60 patients of acute cholecystitis underwent early laparoscopic cholecystectomy , they were 37 females and 23 males and the median age was 46 years (range 22-80 years), the median operative time was  60 min. , the conversion rate was (6.7%) and postoperative complications rate was (5%).

Conclusions: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy for acute cholecystitis is safe procedure with low morbidity, mortality and conversion rate, and the best time may be within 72 hours of beginning signs and symptoms of acute cholecystitis.


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