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Postcholecystectomy syndrome
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ICD-10 K91.5
ICD-9 576.0

Postcholecystectomy syndrome (PCS) describes the presence of abdominal symptoms after surgical removal of the gallbladder (Cholecystectomy). Symptoms include gastrointestinal distress and persistent pain in the upper right abdomen. [1] Symptoms occur in about 5 to 40 percent of patients who undergo cholycystectomy. [2]

The pain associated with post-cholecystectomy syndrome is usually ascribed to either sphincter of Oddi dysfunction or to post-surgical adhesions [3] .


  1. ^ Womack NA, Crider RL (1947). "The Persistence of Symptoms Following Cholecystectomy". Ann. Surg. 126 (1): 31–55. doi:10.1097/00000658-194707000-00004. PMID 17858976.  
  2. ^ "Postcholecystectomy syndrome". WebMD. Retrieved 2009-03-07.  
  3. ^ Hyvärinen H, Sipponen P, Silvennoinen E. "Intestinal adhesions: an overlooked cause of the postcholecystectomy syndrome." Hepatogastroenterology. 1990 Dec;37 Suppl 2:58-61. [1]


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