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Lap Choles Safe for Kids

Published: August 11, 2014

Laparoscopic cholecystectomies are safe and effective for pediatric patients, a recent Mayo Clinic study finds.

The study looked at the results of 202 lap chole cases performed on children younger than 18 between 1990 and 2010. No common bile duct injuries were found and only 9% of the patients still had abdominal pain without associated gallbladder disease or gallstones.

Though gallstones and other gallbladder diseases are much less common in children, the number of children needing the operation has been increasing as pediatric obesity rates rise, says Michael B. Ishitani, the study's lead author.

Jim Burger

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