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Same-admission versus interval cholecystectomy for mild gallstone pancreatitis (PONCHO): a multicentre randomised controlled trial. Lancet 2015; 386: 1261–1268.

Published: 15th December 2015

Authors: Da Costa DW, Bouwense SA, Schepers NJ, Besselink MG, van Santvoort HC, van Brunschot S et al for the Dutch Pancreatitis Study Group et al.


Some 266 patients were included in this multicentre trial. The composite endpoint included a number of adverse outcomes, and was reached by 5 per cent of patients who had immediate, and 17 per cent of patients who had delayed surgery. Complications were rare and equal between the groups.

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