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ICD-9-CM 51.02, 51.03
MeSH D002767

A cholecystostomy or cholecystotomy is a procedure where a stoma is created in the gallbladder, which can facilitate placement of a tube for drainage, first performed by American surgeon, Dr. John Stough Bobbs, in 1867.[1][2] It is sometimes used in cases of cholecystitis where the person is ill, and there is a need to delay or defer cholecystectomy.[3] The first endoscopic cholecystostomy was performed by Drs. Todd Baron and Mark Topazian in 2007 using ultrasound guidance to puncture the stomach wall and place a plastic biliary catheter for gallbladder drainage. [4]

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  1. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Kelly, Howard A.; Burrage, Walter L., eds. (1920). "Bobbs, John Stough". American Medical Biographies. Baltimore: The Norman, Remington Company. 
  2. ^ Bulletin of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Vol. 12. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press. Aug 1901. p. 249. 
  3. ^ Bakkaloglu H, Yanar H, Guloglu R, et al. (November 2006). "Ultrasound guided percutaneous cholecystostomy in high-risk patients for surgical intervention". World J. Gastroenterol. 12 (44): 7179–82. PMID 17131483. 
  4. ^ Baron TH, Topazian MD, et al. (April 2007). "Endoscopic transduodenal drainage of the gallbladder: implications for endoluminal treatment of gallbladder disease". Gastrointest Endosc. 65 (4): 735–7. doi:10.1016/j.gie.2006.07.041. PMID 17141230.