n South African Journal of Surgery - Isolated gallbladder perforation following blunt abdominal trauma : case report




A 32-year-old man sustained an isolated perforation of the gallbladder following blunt abdominal trauma. A preoperative diagnosis was made on an ultrasound scan, which showed a pericholecystic fluid collection only. At laparotomy, a gallbladder perforation at the infundibulum was identified with a localised bile collection, warranting a cholecystectomy. Isolated gallbladder injury from blunt abdominal trauma is rare, and a high index of suspicion is required to establish the diagnosis. Cholecystectomy is the treatment of choice.


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