Gallstone Pancreatitis. A Review

Daniel Cucher, Narong Kulvatunyou, Donald J. Green, Tun Jie, Evan S. Ong

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Gallstone disease is the most common cause of acute pancreatitis in the Western world. In most cases, gallstone pancreatitis is a mild and self-limiting disease, and patients may proceed without complications to cholecystectomy to prevent future recurrence. Severe disease occurs in about 20% of cases and is associated with significant mortality; meticulous management is critical. A thorough understanding of the disease process, diagnosis, severity stratification, and principles of management is essential to the appropriate care of patients presenting with this disease. This article reviews these topics with a focus on surgical management, including appropriate timing and choice of interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-280
Number of pages24
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Biliary acute pancreatitis
  • Diagnosis
  • Early cholecystectomy
  • Gallstone pancreatitis
  • Management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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