Length of clinical history as a risk factor for infection following surgery for gallstone disease
The role of risk factors for predicting infection in surgery for gallstone disease has been evaluated in 96 patients. Conventionally recognized risk factors were present in 43 patients, whereas 53 patients had none. Four patients had polymicrobial bacterial growth in bile and all of them had a clinical history longer than 3 years. There was no statistical difference in postoperative infection rates between the groups (37 and 30%, respectively). In the low-risk group, however, the patients with a clinical history of over 3 years had a postoperative infection rate significantly higher (p = 0.0001 Fisher’s exact test). © 1988 S. Karger AG, Basel.
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