Hungarian Radiology

[Isolated gallbladder rupture following blunt abdominal trauma]

PÉTER Lívia

DECEMBER 10, 2005

Hungarian Radiology - 2005;79(06)

[INTRODUCTION - Gallbladder injuries following blunt abdominal trauma occur rarely and are usually associated with damage to other abdominal organs. Isolated rupture of the gallbladder is extremely rare. CASE REPORT - A 42-year old intoxicated male patient suffered a blunt abdominal trauma 4 days before the admission. The physical examination was of normal and no specific laboratory values were found. Ultrasound examination demonstrated the gallbladder with hyperechoic thickened wall and inhomogenous content. Beside of the gallbladder fluid collection was detected with irregular margins. To prove the diagnosis of gallbladder injury computed tomography was carried out. Break of the gallbladder wall and hight density lumen content, corresponding to blood was detected. Around the gallbladder an irregular fluid collection was seen, which reached the level of the transverse section of the mesocolon. Computed tomography excluded traumatic lesion of other parenchimal abdominal organs. Surgery confirmed the radiological diagnosis. CONCLUSION - The patient with isolated gallbladder injury had a multiphasic clinical course. Sometimes the diagnosis has to be established at a relatively asymptomatic stage. The basic methods of the diagnostics are the ultrasound examination and computed tomography.]

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