What are the criteria for outpatient treatment of cholecystitis?

Updated: May 20, 2021
  • Author: Alan A Bloom, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Outpatient treatment may be appropriate for cases of uncomplicated cholecystitis. If a patient can be treated as an outpatient, discharge with antibiotics, appropriate analgesics, and definitive follow-up care. Criteria for outpatient treatment include the following:

  • Afebrile with stable vital signs

  • No evidence of obstruction by laboratory values

  • No evidence of common bile duct obstruction on ultrasonography

  • No underlying medical problems, advanced age, pregnancy, or immunocompromised condition

  • Adequate analgesia

  • Reliable patient with transportation and easy access to a medical facility

  • Prompt follow-up care


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