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Postgrad Med J. 2004 February; 80(940): 77–79.
PMCID: PMC1742934

Spilled gall stones during laparoscopic cholecystectomy: a review of the literature


Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is associated with spillage of gall stones in 5%–40% of procedures, but complications occur very rarely. There are, however, isolated case reports describing a range of complications occurring both at a distance from and near to the subhepatic area. This review looks into the various modes of presentation, ways to minimise spillage, treating the complications, and the legal implications.

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