Author(s): Cucher D, Kulvatunyou N, Green DJ, Jie T, Ong ES
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Abstract Gallstone disease is the most common cause of acute pancreatitis in the Western world. In most cases, gallstone pancreatitis is a mild and self-limiting disease, and patients may proceed without complications to cholecystectomy to prevent future recurrence. Severe disease occurs in about 20\% of cases and is associated with significant mortality; meticulous management is critical. A thorough understanding of the disease process, diagnosis, severity stratification, and principles of management is essential to the appropriate care of patients presenting with this disease. This article reviews these topics with a focus on surgical management, including appropriate timing and choice of interventions. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Surg Clin North Am
and referenced in Emergency Medicine: Open Access