When to recommend cholecystectomy after pancreatitis

In this large cohort of patients who underwent cholecystectomy after a bout of pancreatitis, those that were most likely to have recurrent pancreatitis were those with normal LFTs and no gallbladder sludge / stone, indicating the cholecystectomy was probably not warranted. These patients should not routinely have a cholecystectomy after pancreatitis, but those with one or the other (or both) may be reasonable to refer (abstract)

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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