Acute cholecystitis during COVID-19 pandemic: A multisocietary position statement

Antonino Agrusa, Salomone Di Saverio, Elisa Cassinotti, Federico Coccolini, Roberto Luca Meniconi, Paolo Pietro Bianchi, Belinda De Simone, Marco Milone, Mario Guerrieri, Andrea Mazzari, Giancarlo D'Ambrosio, Adelona Salaj, Emanuele Botteri, Alberto Sartori, Gianfranco Silecchia, Salvatore Casarano, Marcello Pisano, Sara Federici, Caterina Cicala, Adelona SalajRiccardo Brachet Contul, Diego Cuccurullo, Irnerio Muttillo, Piero Narilli, Alessandro Puzziello, Fausto Catena, Alberto Arezzo, Ferdinando Agresta, Fabio Cesare Campanile, Alessandro Paganini, Giovanni Terrosu, Wanda Luisa Petz, Mauro Podda, Gabriele Anania, Massimo Carlini, Massimo Carlini, Carlo Bergamini, Valerio Caracino, Marco Ettore Allaix

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Following the spread of the infection from the new SARS-CoV2 coronavirus in March 2020, several surgical societies have released their recommendations to manage the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the daily clinical practice. The recommendations on emergency surgery have fueled a debate among surgeons on an international level. We maintain that laparoscopic cholecystectomy remains the treatment of choice for acute cholecystitis, even in the COVID-19 era. Moreover, since laparoscopic cholecystectomy is not more likely to spread the COVID-19 infection than open cholecystectomy, it must be organized in such a way as to be carried out safely even in the present situation, to guarantee the patient with the best outcomes that minimally invasive surgery has shown to have.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Journal of Emergency Surgery
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine

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