Published: 2022-02-28

Unusual presentation following blunt trauma abdomen: isolated gallbladder perforation

Theakarajan Rajendran, Ranjith Kothagattu, Shikar Verma, Balasubramanian Gopal


The gallbladder is a well-protected organ. Hence, injury to the gallbladder following blunt trauma is infrequent. The clinical presentation of gallbladder injury is variable, resulting in a delay in diagnosis and treatment. Isolated gallbladder perforation is a diagnosis of exclusion. Ultrasonography and contrast-enhanced CT are valuable assets in diagnosis. Cholecystectomy remains the procedure of choice. Mortality and morbidity is high in late presentations with biliary and bacterial peritonitis. It is thus necessary that the clinician be aware of this entity to have a high index of suspicion and to treat early.  


Gallbladder, Perforation, Trauma

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