Hepatisation of the gallbladder

Case contributed by Dr Omar M. Sultan


Long standing upper abdominal pain with recurrent vomiting.

Patient Data

Gender: Male

Mildly distended gallbladder showing internal fully turbid echogenic bile.

The gallbladder wall looks normal. No internal stones could be noted.

CBD shows normal diameter.

Case Discussion

Hepatisation of the gallbladder is usually well seen on ultrasound. It occurs when the gallbladder content appears echogenic, similar to hepatic parenchyma. It is usually seen in cases of longstanding bile stasis whatever the cause, e.g. post infection, with and without stones and even incidentally. 

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Case information

rID: 62915
Published: 10th Sep 2018
Last edited: 15th Nov 2018
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