Late-onset biliary leakage after laparoscopic cholecystectomy using laparoscopic coagulating shears. Report of a case.

Surgical endoscopy

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Ikematsu Y, Ito Y, Yuzawa H, Nishiwaki Y, Kida H, Waki S, Nakamura T, Uchimura M. Late-onset biliary leakage after laparoscopic cholecystectomy using laparoscopic coagulating shears. Report of a case. Surg Endosc. 2001;15(10):1228.
We recently encountered a rare case of late-onset biliary leakage after laparoscopic cholecystectomy using laparoscopic coagulating shears (LCS). The patient was a 49-year-old Japanese man who had undergone a laparoscopic cholecystectomy at Hamamatsu Medical Center after a diagnosis of cholecystolithiasis associated with localized adenomyomatosis. The cystic duct and the cystic artery were closed using LCS instead of metal endoclips. The postoperative course was uneventful, and the patient was discharged on the 4th operative day. However, on the 7th day after the surgery, the patient developed severe upper abdominal pain and was readmitted to our center with the diagnosis of a late biliary leakage, which was confirmed by an endoscopic retrograde cholangiogram. We then treated the leak successfully with endoscopic nasobiliary drainage.