Laparoscopic cholecystectomy: 'superior' for high-risk patients

Trial shows surgery is safer than drainage

High-risk patients with acute cholecystitis may have fewer major complications if they undergo a laparoscopic cholecystectomy rather than percutaneous catheter drainage of the gall bladder, a study shows.

The randomised controlled trial was the first to compare the two procedures in patients with acute calculous cholecystitis.