Outcomes After Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy in Children With Biliary Dyskinesia

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Our objectives were to determine the prevalence of biliary dyskinesia (BD) as an indication for cholecystectomy in children and to identify presenting clinical findings and optimal ejection fraction (EF) associated with the resolution of symptoms after surgery. We conducted a retrospective review of medical records of 212 pediatric patients who underwent cholecystectomy from August, 1998 to November, 2006. Patients who met criteria for BD had their short-term outcomes examined by record review and their long-term postoperative outcomes recorded by questionnaire. To compare EF and clinical presentation to symptom resolution or outcome, χ2 tests were used. Logistic regression was used to evaluate possible predictors of symptom resolution. BD was the indication for cholecystectomy in 20% of patients (44 of 212). Short-term outcome was not predicted by any of the collected variables. An EF ≤11% predicted higher rate of symptom resolution (P=0.02). Although patients with specific right upper quadrant pain had higher rates of long-term improvement than those with nonspecific abdominal pain (57.9% vs. 18.2%), this did not reach significance (P=0.057). The only predictor emerging from the logistic regression was EF cutoff at 11% (odds ratio=17.5; 95% confidence interval, 1.756-174.418). In this series, symptoms of BD were more likely to be resolved by cholecystectomy in children with EF ≤11%.

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