The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Texas Medical Branch, "Ultrasound is the initial imaging modality of choice. Additional diagnostic and therapeutic studies including computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography, endoscopic ultrasound, and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography are not routinely required but may play a role in specific situations. Biliary colic and acute cholecystitis are best treated with early laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Patients with common bile duct stones should be managed with cholecystectomy, either after or concurrent with endoscopic or surgical relief of obstruction and clearance of stones from the bile duct. Mild gallstone pancreatitis should be treated with cholecystectomy during the initial hospitalization to prevent recurrence. Emerging techniques for cholecystectomy include single-incision laparoscopic surgery and natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery. Early results in highly selected patients demonstrate the safety of these techniques."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The management of complications of the gallbladder should be timely and evidence-based, and choice of procedures, particularly for common bile duct stones, is largely influenced by facility and surgeon factors."
For more information on this research see: Evidence-based current surgical practice: calculous gallbladder disease. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, 2012;16(11):2011-25. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery can be contacted at: Springer, 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013, USA. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/622198)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting C.B. Duncan, Dept. of Surgery, The University of Texas Medical Branch, 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, TX, 77555-0541, United States.
The publisher of the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery can be contacted at: Springer, 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013, USA.
Keywords for this news article include: Texas, Galveston, Gallstones, United States, Cholelithiasis, Gastroenterology, Cholecystolithiasis, Gallbladder Diseases, Biliary Tract Diseases, North and Central America, Digestive System Diseases and Conditions.
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