Which complications are more likely to occur if diagnosis of acute cholecystitis is delayed?

Updated: Jan 18, 2017
  • Author: Peter A D Steel, MBBS, MA; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Delay in diagnosis of acute cholecystitis can result in complications, such as gangrene and perforation, and eventually, increased morbidity and mortality. Clinicians should consider this in patient populations that may have atypical presentations, such as diabetics, the elderly, and children. Generally, all patients with a diagnosis of acute cholecystis should be admitted to the hospital for intravenous antibiotics and scheduled for cholecystectomy within 24-72 hours.

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