Primary posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder of the gallbladder in a lung transplant patient presenting with acute cholecystitis

Theo Heller, Cinthia B. Drachenberg, Jonathan B. Orens, George T. Fantry

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Background. Acute cholecystitis in an immunocompromised host is potentially devastating. Posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) is a well described complication of immunosuppressive therapy used after solid organ transplantation; however, isolated involvement of the gallbladder has not been described. Methods. Case report format is used. Results. We report a case of PTLD isolated to the gallbladder, as well as histological evidence of acute cholecystitis, in a patient who presented with signs and symptoms of acute cholecystitis 1 year after single lung transplant. Conclusions. PTLD can occur in the setting of acute cholecystitis and may be missed if careful pathological examination is not undertaken.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)668-670
Number of pages3
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 27 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation

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