Development of a Hybrid Percutaneous-Endoscopic Approach for the Complete Clearance of Gallstones

Barham K. Abu Dayyeh, Todd H. Baron

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Cholecystitis is common and costly to the health care system. Cholecystectomy is curative and the treatment of choice. Alternatives to cholecystectomy, however, are needed for patients who cannot undergo this surgery. However, procedures such as percutaneous cholecystostomy, endoscopic transpapillary and transduodenal gallbladder drainage, and dissolution therapy have limitations such as continued gallstone burden. More effective and minimally invasive alternatives, therefore, are needed. We developed a hybrid percutaneous-endoscopic approach for complete gallstone clearance in an elderly patient who was not a candidate for surgery. If replicated and proven to be safe, this technique could be a minimally invasive alternative to cholecystectomy for patients with symptomatic gallstone disease who are not good candidates for surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)947-949
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2012


  • Cholecystectomy alternatives
  • Gallstones
  • Percutaneous

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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