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2021 Sep

Radiol Case Rep



Diagnostic imaging in a patient with an isolated blunt traumatic gallbladder injury.


Pham H D, Nguyen T C, Huynh Q H
Radiol Case Rep. 2021 Sep; 16(9):2557-2563.
PMID: 34306287.


Isolated gallbladder injuries are very uncommon in blunt abdominal trauma due to its small size. Further, they are well protected by the surrounding liver, omentum, and the rib cage. A case of traumatic gallbladder injury in a 47-year-old man with progressive right hypochondrial pain is presented. The gallbladder injury was caused due to a blunt abdominal trauma after a motor vehicle accident. The patient had a history of chronic alcoholism and narcotics abuse. The patient was also human immunodeficiency virus-positive and was on stable treatment for tuberculosis. A diagnosis of gallbladder contusion with intramural dissection was made after an ultrasound and computed tomography scan. However, the patient refused surgery and thus, an ultrasound-guided percutaneous transhepatic drainage of the gallbladder was performed as a temporary treatment. Subsequently, a successful cholecystectomy was performed. Isolated traumatic gallbladder injury has been reviewed due to the rarity of this condition and the diagnostic challenges it poses.