Journal of Minimally Invasive Surgery 2021; 24(3): 126-127
Is cholecystectomy safe in extremely elderly patients?
Jae Do Yang
Department of Surgery, Jeonbuk National University Hospital, Jeonbuk National University Medical School, Jeonju, Korea
Correspondence to: Jae Do Yang
Department of Surgery, Jeonbuk National University Medical School, 20 Geonji-ro, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju 54907, Korea
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Received: August 22, 2021; Revised: September 10, 2021; Accepted: September 11, 2021; Published online: September 15, 2021.
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Gallstone disease is the most common global indication for abdominal surgery. Especially acute cholecystitis in the elderly is frequently encountered due to an increasingly elderly population. Although cholecystectomy is the gold standard treatment for acute cholecystitis, the surgical management in the elderly presents specific challenges due to associated comorbidities, the severity of their presenting disease, and a greater likelihood of suffering postoperative complications and prolonged hospital stay. Further effort to provide firm evidence to clarify the safety and feasibility of cholecystectomy for acute cholecystitis in extremely elderly patients such as octogenarians and even nonagenarians.
Keywords: Acute cholecystitis, Cholecystectomy, Octogenarians

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