Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Cholecystotomy

Contributor(s): Rachel Burrow, Ed Hall

Introduction

  • Surgical incision into the gallbladder.

Uses

  • Cannulation and irrigation of the cystic and bile duct to:
    • Confirm patency of these ducts
    • Attempt removal of sludge or choledocholiths (and less commonly blood clots) causing obstruction within these ducts by flushing with saline.
  • Removal of biliary sludge.
  • Biopsy of the gallbladder.
  • Removal of symptomatic choleliths (but without biliary tract obstruction).
  • For cholecyststomy tube placement to allow temporary biliary diversion/maintain decompression of the gallbladder.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Fossum T W (2007) Surgery of the extrahepatic biliary system. In: Small Animal Surgery. 3rd edn. Ed T W Fossum. Mosby Elsevier, Missouri. pp 560-572.
  • Marin R A, Lanz O I, Tobias K M (2003) Liver and Biliary System. In: Textbook of Veterinary Surgery. 3rd edn. Ed D Slatter. W B Saunders, Philadelphia. pp 708-726.


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