Gallbladder perforation

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Right-sided peritonism of short duration. No prior surgical history. Appendicitis?

Patient Data

Age: 80 years
Gender: Male

15mm defect in the anterior wall of the gallbladder.  Locule of gas in the gallbladder lumen.

Pericholecystic fluid and inflammatory change and several locules of free gas in the right upper quadrant.  A small volume of fluid tracks along the right paracolic gutter into the pelvis.

6 x 2cm wall enhancing perihepatic collection along the lateral aspect of the liver.

Prominent CBD. Small simple hepatic and renal cysts.

Right basal consolidation and small pleural effusion.

Case Discussion

Gallbladder perforation is thankfully relatively rare.   Even when it occurs the hole in the gallbladder wall may be subtle.

In this case, the defect in the wall is large and the locules of gas in the gallbladder lumen and surrounding peritoneal cavity suggest this resulted from emphysematous cholecystitis.

The patient proceeded to a laparotomy.

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Case information

rID: 59516
Published: 13th Apr 2018
Last edited: 13th Apr 2018
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