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East and Central African Journal of Surgery
Association of Surgeons of East Africa and College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa
ISSN: 1024-297X
EISSN: 1024-297X
Vol. 22, No. 3, 2017, pp. 68-73
Bioline Code: js17035
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
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East and Central African Journal of Surgery, Vol. 22, No. 3, 2017, pp. 68-73

 en Post-traumatic gangrenous acalculous cholecystitis: A case report
Runodada, Peter; Mbanje, Chenesa; Maunganidze, Aspect J.V. & Mungazi, Simbarashe G.


Acute acalculous cholecystitis in trauma patients is an elusive diagnosis, more so if the patient sustained blunt abdominal trauma. It can arise as a post-traumatic or postsurgical complication, occurring more in critically ill patients. A high index of suspicion for acalculous cholecystitis must be maintained for critically ill patients with newly developing symptoms or septicaemia.
We describe a case of a 27-year-old male patient who sustained blunt abdominal trauma in a road traffic accident. He had at least grade III liver injury and later developed gangrenous acalculous cholecystitis, which was confirmed histopathologically after open cholecystectomy.

gangrenous acalculous cholecystitis; trauma; cholecystectomy

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