What is the presentation of empyema in patients with cholecystitis?

Updated: May 20, 2021
  • Author: Alan A Bloom, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Bacterial proliferation within the obstructed gallbladder results in empyema of the organ. Patients with empyema may have a toxic reaction and may have more marked fever and leukocytosis. [10, 11] The presence of empyema frequently requires conversion from laparoscopic to open cholecystectomy. [12]


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