Porcelain gall bladder: a case report

Sowmya Murugesan, Chandru R., Ramya Ramakrishnan, Rajiv Raj, Kishore Kumar G.


Porcelain gall bladder is a rare entity and a morphological variant of chronic cholecystitis. Dystrophic calcification along with inflammatory scarring of the wall gives the porcelain nature to the gall bladder. Patients are mostly asymptomatic and incidentally diagnosed on X-ray, ultrasound or CT abdomen. In the early stages they can be a surprise as only a histopathological diagnosis. Prophylactic cholecystectomy is recommended in view of high risk of malignancy.


Carcinoma of gall bladder, Cholecystectomy, Porcelain gall bladder

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