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Surgery or not

My mother is 88 with sever cardiac issues. She was in the hospital for abdominal pain; they diagnosed her with infection of gallbladder. They placed a drain into her gallbladder and she was doing much better. They feel that she is not a candidate for surgery; we have gotten mixed information to whether we should leave the drain in indefinitely, or take it out. Can you offer any suggestions or information we can look into further?  Thanks..
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If there is any consideration for removing the drain one needs to prove that the cystic duct is open. This is done by infusing contrast into the drain under fluoroscopy. I have never heard of leaving a percutaneously placed gallbladder drain in indefinitely. These are not designed for long term use and would occlude, needing replacement every 4-8 weeks.
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