Acute on chronic calculous cholecystitis

Case contributed by Dr Varun Babu


Intermittent upper abdominal pain

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Male

Diffusely thickened gallbladder wall with mild pericholecystic free fluid. Submucosal hyperenhancement. Multiple approximately 3 mm sized calcified calculi seen. A larger rounded calculus with peripheral egg shell calcification is seen in the neck of gall bladder. A thickened fold is seen in the fundal region. There is secondary altered perfusion in segment IV of liver with areas of suspicious subsegmental filling defects in portal venous branches - possibly chronic portal venous thrombosis. 

Case Discussion

Recurrent inflammation of the gallbladder secondary to chronic stone disease and stasis is bound to present with multiple intermittent flare ups. Cholecystitis can result in complications like subsegmental portal vein thrombosis. Long standing inflammation is also a precursor for gallbladder neoplastic transformation and needs to be treated. 

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Case information

rID: 55562
Published: 15th Sep 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Vivid Diagnostic Centre