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Is percutaneous cholecystostomy a safe alternative for neutropenic patients with severe biliary septic shock?
Nicolae I Simion1
1Riviera Hospital, General Surgery Department, Avenue Belmont no. 25, 1820 Montreux, Switzerland.

Article ID: 100003IJHPDNIS2012

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M.D. Riviera Hospital, General Surgery Department
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Simion NI. Is percutaneous cholecystostomy a safe alternative for neutropenic patients with severe biliary septic shock? International Journal of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Diseases 2012;2:1-3.

Introduction: Acalculous cholecystitis is a relatively rare form of acute cholecystitis appearing in critically ill patients.
Case Report: We present the case of a male patient under chemotherapy for myeloid leukemia who developed a severe septic shock secondary to an acute acalculous cholecystitis. Because of hemodynamic instability requiring high-dose of vasoactive amines, percutaneous gallbladder drainage was done. After this intervention, the septic shock could be controlled, but a bleeding liver laceration was observed, fortunately without morbidity consequences.
Conclusion: Acute acalculous cholecystitis is a life-threatening condition in neutropenic patients and percutaneous gallbladder drainage could be a minimally invasive and safe alternative treatment in high-risk patient.

Key Words: Alithiasic cholecystitis, Thrombopenia, Neutropenia, Septic shock, Cholecystostomy, Gallbladder drainage

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Nicolae I Simion - Conception and design, acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of data; Drafting the article and revising it critically for important intellectual content; Final approval of the version to be published
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