Acute cholecystitis during COVID-19 pandemic: A multisocietary position statement: World Journal of Emergency Surgery

F.C. Campanile, M. Podda, A. Arezzo, E. Botteri, A. Sartori, M. Guerrieri, E. Cassinotti, I. Muttillo, M. Pisano, R. Brachet Contul, G. D'Ambrosio, D. Cuccurullo, C. Bergamini, M.E. Allaix, V. Caracino, W.L. Petz, M. Milone, G. Silecchia, G. Anania, A. AgrusaS. Di Saverio, S. Casarano, C. Cicala, P. Narilli, S. Federici, M. Carlini, A. Paganini, P.P. Bianchi, A. Salaj, A. Mazzari, R.L. Meniconi, A. Puzziello, G. Terrosu, B. De Simone, F. Coccolini, F. Catena, F. Agresta

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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. © 2020 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
JournalWorld J. Emerg. Surg.
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Acute cholecystitis
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Emergency surgery
  • New coronavirus
  • Position statement
  • acute cholecystitis
  • Betacoronavirus
  • cholecystectomy
  • complication
  • coronavirus disease 2019
  • Coronavirus infection
  • human
  • infection control
  • medical society
  • pandemic
  • practice guideline
  • procedures
  • virology
  • virus pneumonia
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Cholecystitis, Acute
  • Coronavirus Infections
  • Humans
  • Infection Control
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Societies, Medical


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