Retained gallstone

Dr Daniel J Bell and Radswiki et al.

Retained gallstones are common during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, with a reported incidence of 0.1–20%, and occur when gallstones are inadvertently spilled into the peritoneal cavity.

When recognised intraoperatively spilled stones should be retrieved to avoid potential complications including:

Having said this, the majority of stones are asymptomatic.

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rID: 12717
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Retained gallstones
  • Dropped gallstone
  • Dropped gallstones
  • Spilled gallstones

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