Cholelithoptysis: An Unusual Complication following Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Academic Article uri icon


  • A 75-year old lady underwent a routine laparoscopic cholecystectomy during which stones were spilled into the peritoneal cavity. Despite peritoneal lavage the patient developed chronic right upper quadrant discomfort and a pleural effusion over several months. Following the production of a pigmented bilirubin stone in her sputum the patient's symptoms resolved. Cholelithoptysis is a rare complication of laparoscopic cholecystectomy, the diagnosis should be considered in patients with prolonged chest symptoms after surgery.

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  • 1998