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Removal of gall bladder is called cholecystectomy. The most common indication is presnce of gall stones. It is also done in cases of gall bladder cancer, but surgery in these cases is more extensive. Moreover, only few patients in our country present at a stage when gall bladder can be removed to cure them of disease.

Not all patients with gall stones require surgery. It has been found that almost 98% patients who donot have symptoms remain so throughout their lives. Hence, gallstones in these patients are not treated. In minority of patients with gall stones, who develop symptoms due to blockade of cystic duct or those who develop pancreatitis, an inflammation of pancreas, are required to undergo cholecystectomy. Rarely gall stones slip from gall bladder into the common bile duct, resulting in pain, fever or jaundice. These CBD stones are removed endoscopically by method known as endoscopic retrograde cholangiography (ERCP) or by putting needle through skin (percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography) or by surgery. These patients also undergo cholecystectomy before or after removal of CBD stones.

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