Gallstone ileus presenting as small bowel obstruction: Spiral CT evaluation

Harpreet K. Pannu, E. K. Fishman

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Abstract

Gallstone ileus is the result of a sequence of events that are initiated in the gallbladder. Inflammation of the gallbladder wall allows erosion of a gallstone through the wall into the small bowel and subsequent bowel obstruction. We present a unique case in which CT scans done over a period of 1 year demonstrate this progression in a patient and alter the clinical management by identifying the correct cause of small bowel obstruction. The clinical presentation, radiologic findings, and management of gallstone ileus are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)170-172
Number of pages3
JournalEmergency Radiology
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999

Keywords

  • Cholecystitis
  • Computed tomography
  • Gallstone ileus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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