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Acute cholecystitis (AC) has long been treated with percutaneous cholecystostomy (PC) in patients who are poor surgical candidates, but it is associated with high recurrence rate. We report our experience with a hybrid percutaneous-endoscopic technique in an elderly patient with AC who had received a PC. In this technique, a pediatric endoscope was introduced through the PC opening to the gallbladder, and the stones were visualized, fragmented, and extracted using a retrieval basket. The patient’s AC resolved, and within 2 weeks the PC tube was removed. The patient remained asymptomatic at the 6-month and 1-year follow-up visits. We believe that if this method is replicated in large scale, it could be an effective alternative to cholecystectomy in nonsurgical candidates.