How is acute cholecystitis treated in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD)?

Updated: May 12, 2021
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Treatment of acute cholecystitis in patients with sickle cell disease does not differ from that for the general population. Patients receive antibiotics and general supportive care and may consider elective cholecystectomy several weeks after the acute episode subsides. Elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy in a well-prepared patient has become the standard approach for symptomatic disease. If patients present with right upper quadrant abdominal pain, evaluate the gallbladder with ultrasonography. Provide appropriate medical and supportive care for cholecystitis if stones are visualized, if gallbladder walls are thickening, or upon signs of ductal inflammation.


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