Gastrointestinal Radiology

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 387–389

Ultrasonographic findings in acute acalculous cholecystitis

Authors

  • Irwin Beckman
    • Department of Diagnostic Radiology and SurgeryAllegheny Hospital
  • Nilima Dash
    • Department of Diagnostic Radiology and SurgeryAllegheny Hospital
  • Robert J. Sefczek
    • Department of Diagnostic Radiology and SurgeryAllegheny Hospital
  • Anthony R. Lupetin
    • Department of Diagnostic Radiology and SurgeryAllegheny Hospital
  • Jeffrey S. Anderson
    • Department of Diagnostic Radiology and SurgeryAllegheny Hospital
  • Daniel L. Diamond
    • Department of Diagnostic Radiology and SurgeryAllegheny Hospital
  • Joseph C. Young
    • Department of Diagnostic Radiology and SurgeryAllegheny Hospital
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01893137

Cite this article as:
Beckman, I., Dash, N., Sefczek, R.J. et al. Gastrointest Radiol (1985) 10: 387. doi:10.1007/BF01893137

Abstract

Acute acalculous cholecystitis (AAC) is usually seen as a complication of major surgery or trauma. Although this entity is well-known in the surgical literature, little has been written about it in the radiologic literature. A review of patient records from 1975 through 1982 revealed 16 patients with pathologically confirmed AAC on whom at least 1 sonographic study had been performed. Thickening of the gallbladder wall, a subserosal “halo” of edema, pericholecystic abscess, and marked gallbladder distention were consistent findings in AAC. In the proper clinical setting, these otherwise nonspecific findings allow a prompt and accurate diagnosis.

Key words

Cholecystitis, acalculousGallbladder, sonography
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© Springer-Verlag 1985