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Ann Hepatobiliary Pancreat Surg. 2018 Feb;22(1):58-65. English. Original Article.
Yu H , Chan EE , Lingam P , Lee J , Woon WW , Low JK , Shelat VG .
Department of General Surgery, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore, Singapore.


Previous studies have evaluated quality of life (QoL) in patients who underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) for cholelithiasis. The purpose of this study was to evaluate QoL after index admission LC in patients diagnosed with acute cholecystitis (AC) using the Gastrointestinal Quality of Life Index (GIQLI) questionnaire.


Patients ≥21 years admitted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore for AC and who underwent index admission LC between February 2015 and January 2016 were evaluated using the GIQLI questionnaire preoperatively and 30 days postoperatively.


A total of 51 patients (26 males, 25 females) with a mean age of 60 years (24–86 years) were included. Median duration of abdominal pain at presentation was 2 days (1–21 days). 45% of patients had existing comorbidities, with diabetes mellitus being most common (33%). 31% were classified as mild AC, 59% as moderate and 10% as severe AC according to Tokyo Guideline 2013 (TG13) criteria. Post-operative complications were observed in 8 patients, including retained common bile duct stone (n=1), wound infection (n=2), bile leakage (n=2), intra-abdominal collection (n=1) and atrial fibrillation (n=2). 86% patients were well at 30 days follow-up and were discharged. A significant improvement in GIQLI score was observed postoperatively, with mean total GIQLI score increasing from 106.0±16.9 (101.7–112.1) to 120.4±18.0 (114.8–125.9) (p < 0.001). Significant improvements were also observed in GIQLI subgroups of gastrointestinal symptoms, physical status, emotional status and social function status.


Index admission LC restores QoL in patients with AC as measured by GIQLI questionnaire.

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