Gallstones and alcohol use are the two most common causes of acute pancreatitis in most developed countries. For many patients, an episode of pancreatitis is the first clue that they have calculous biliary tract disease. Cholecystectomy is required to prevent recurrence, but the optimum management of the common duct—specifically, how to determine whether or not stones are still present and, if so, how to clear those stones—is a matter of debate. This chapter explores those issues. Chapter 6 expands upon these themes by considering management of the patient with known choledocholithiasis.
KeywordsAcute Pancreatitis Common Bile Duct Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Cystic Duct Common Bile Duct Stone
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