Techniques in Coloproctology

, Volume 22, Issue 8, pp 605–606 | Cite as

Laparoscopic management of sigmoid colon gallstone ileus

  • Carlotta Ferretti
  • David Fuks
  • Philippe Wind
  • Alban Zarzavadjian Le BianEmail author
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Gallstone ileus is an uncommon clinical presentation of complicated biliary lithiasis that mostly occurs in the elderly without specific signs. Various types of surgical management have been proposed: primary enterolithotomy, enterolithotomy, cholecystectomy and fistula closure (one stage), or enterolithotomy with delayed cholecystectomy (two stage). All are associated with a high complication rate. We present a video of a laparoscopic cololithotomy for gallstone ileus caused by a gallstone impacted in the sigmoid colon. As a safe and feasible procedure, enterolithotomy appears to be the treatment of choice based on the scientific literature, especially in frail patients. However, except in case of an impacted gallstone in a colorectal cancer, colon resection is not mandatory. Further surgery (such as cholecystectomy or colectomy in benign disease such as diverticulosis) may be selectively considered.


Gallstones Laparoscopy Ileus 


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Conflict of interest

CF, DF, PW, and AZLB have no conflict of interest considering this manuscript.

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All procedures in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the local research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Informed consent to publication of the video and images in this article was obtained from the concerned patient.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlotta Ferretti
    • 1
  • David Fuks
    • 1
    • 2
  • Philippe Wind
    • 3
  • Alban Zarzavadjian Le Bian
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Digestive DiseaseMutualiste Montsouris InstituteParisFrance
  2. 2.Paris Descartes UniversityParisFrance
  3. 3.Department of Digestive Surgery and Surgical Oncology, Avicenne HospitalUniversity of Paris XIIIBobignyFrance

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